Commercial Competition

Commercial Wine Competition Judges Go Over & Above

The support of the Judges at the 2018 Commercial Wine Competition knows no bounds. In addition to the Judges, with the exception of a small stipend, paying their own way to attend and judge, each year a handful donate back their stipends to create a Judge’s Scholarship, which is then granted in their honor by the OCWS. This year, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to those Judges who, collectively, donated $2,000 toward our mission of scholarship fundraising for grants in enology, viticulture and culinary arts.

Special thanks to the following judges for their kindness and generosity: Brent Amos from Las Positas Vineyards; Joseph S. Franzia from Forest Glen Winery; Ondine Chattan from Cannonball Wines; Jessica Gasca from Story of Soil; Alfredo Koch from Allen Hancock Community College; Steve Lohr from J. Lohr Winery; Stephen Rasmussen from Westgate Cellars; H. Marty Spate from Meridian; Fred Weibel, Jr. from Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery; and Evelyn White.

We urge all our OCWS members to support their businesses, and if your paths cross with these generous people in your travels, to please thank them personally and relay to them just how much their caring ways mean to all of us. Thank you.

– 2018 Commercial Wine Competition Committee

Commercial Competition Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! The 2018 Commercial Competition will be held Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, and volunteers are crucial to its success! This event offers many opportunities to meet winemakers, add to your wine knowledge, and enjoy getting to know your fellow OCWS members and how our competition works. There are many tasks where […]
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Judges Giving Back

The support of the judges at the Commercial Wine Competition knows no bounds. With the exception of a small stipend, competition judges pay their own way to attend and participate in the judging process. Each year a handful of judges donate their stipends to create a Judge’s Scholarship, which is then granted in their honor by the OCWS. This year we extend our heartfelt appreciation to those judges who collectively donated $1,600.00 toward our mission of scholarship fundraising for grants in enology, viticulture, and culinary arts.

Special thanks to the following judges for their kindness and generosity:

  • Tondi Bolkan, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Onodine Chattan, Geyser Peak Winery
  • John Kane, Fetzer Vineyards
  • Steve Lohr, J. Lohr Winery
  • Lisa Russell, Korbel Champagne Cellars
  • H. Marty Spate, Blossom Hill
  • Fred Weibel, Jr., Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery
  • Evelyn Taft, Taft Street Winery

We urge all our OCWS members, whose paths may at times cross with these generous people in their travels, to please thank them personally and relay to them just how much their caring ways mean to all of us.

Thank you!

– Fran Gitsham, Director

OCWS Commercial Competition Results Website

The Commercial Wine Competition is a long standing Wine Society event. The wines that are entered into the Competition are not only judged during the actual competition, but are also served to patrons at The Courtyard during the annual OC Fair. Patrons are able to taste the many award winning wines. The results of the […]
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Commercial Competition Wrap-Up

The 2016 Commercial Wine Competition was held June 4 and 5 at the Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel. Our 40th year celebration of this event was a great success and it was all due to the outstanding efforts of our many volunteers! Each year, the judges tell us how organized this event is and they look […]
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