Halter Ranch Vineyard of Paso Robles named 2017 Winery of the Year

Halter Ranch Vineyard recently opened a 6,000-square-foot tasting room that can accommodate 200 people.
Halter Ranch Vineyard recently opened a 6,000-square-foot tasting room that can accommodate 200 people. SanLuisObispo

Halter Ranch Vineyard of Paso Robles was selected as the 2017 Winery of the Year in the Central Coast Wine Competition.

The winery submitted 12 entries, took home nine gold medals and won four Best in Class awards during the 15th annual blind tasting competition that was held in June.

The Winery of the Year award was presented Friday during Wine Night as part of the California Mid-State Fair.

“We couldn’t be more proud to win this award from this terrific competition that takes place right here in the Paso Robles community,” Halter Ranch general manager Skylar Stuck said in a news release. “This is truly a team win, and a culmination of all the hard work and long hours we devote to producing elegant, complex and approachable wines from our Adelaida District vineyards and winery.”

Halter Ranch’s four Best in Class winners were: Best Grenache Blanc (2016 Grenache Blanc), Best Malbec (2014 Malbec), Best Tempranillo (2014 Tempranillo) and Best Rosé From Any Blend (2016 Rosé).

Chief Judge Tim McDonald said in the release Halter Ranch was the clear winner among nearly 700 wines — a “very competitive field of wineries big and small.”

Other noted judges for the competition included Matt Kettmann of Wine Enthusiast magazine, Mary Orlin of the San Jose Mercury News, author Patrick Comiskey of Wine & Spirits, and Jim Blumling, group vice president of wine, beer and spirits at Albertsons/Safeway.

Mid-State Fair CEO Mike Bradley said this year’s competition was the best yet, in both the judging panel and quality of submissions.

“As we in the Central Coast know, some of the world’s best wines are being grown and produced right here in our proverbial backyard,” Bradley said in the release. “We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years brings to this competition.”

The competition is a collaboration of six county fairs — California Mid-State Fair; Contra Costa County Fair; Cow Palace/Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo; Monterey County Fair; San Benito County Fair; and Santa Maria Fairpark.

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