The Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine competition was judged prior to the start of the 2018 fair.
The judges selected winners through a blind taste test of 160 wines entered by 31 Iowa wineries. Over 125 wines were given awards.
Cedar Valley Winery of Batavia earned a Bronze with its La Crosse.
Airport Road Vineyard And Winery in Mt. Pleasant earned a Silver with its Marquette.
The competition uses an awards system based on how the wine should be shared. A Gold award means the wine is one you would be ?proud to take to a dinner or party.? A Silver award denotes a wine that you would be ?proud to serve to friends in your home,? while a Bronze award signifies a wine that a person ?will enjoy drinking at home.? To achieve the honor of Double Gold status, the wine must be awarded gold by all judges.
All four of the Best of Show award-winning wines will be available at Grandfather?s Barn from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the fair. Samples are $1 each or six for $5. Bottles of State Fair White and State Fair Red wines will be available for $15.
The 2018 Iowa State Fair, with the theme ?Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments,? opens Thursday and continues through Aug. 9-19.
For information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.