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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Two (or Three) Buck Chuck Wins California Gold

The Charles Shaw Chardonnay 2005 has won two gold medals at the California State Fair's commercial wine competition.

Full results of the competition won't be released until July 12, but industry sources have confirmed that the much-maligned wine was the highest-scoring Chardonnay in a blind tasting by judges who reviewed wines without regard to price. In all, 3,029 California wines from 640 wineries were evaluated by 64 judges.

Charles Shaw wines are produced by the Bronco Wine Co., which is headed by Fred Franzia. The brand is distributed exclusively by Trader Joe's.

Wente was the only other double-gold winner of the 350 Chardonnays submitted for judging. The popular Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay won a silver medal in the competition.
M. Zane Grey, 10:42 AM