That's true but I've had 'in-the-know' people tell me that bottles submitted to those fairs are brought by the winery reps so "integrity" can be an issue. It was inferred that the maker of Charles Shaw (Bronco Wine) and its owner are not above personally shepherding the contents of submitted bottles. No proof, just passing along some thoughts from people in the biz.If there's a Trader Joe's anywhere near you, go there. They have quite a few drinkable wines in the under-$10 range. For instance, I think their $5 German Champagne is quite good. Dom Perignon it ain't, but DP ain't $5 a bottle, either. :beer:
I heard a story that some years ago, a blind tasting of California wines was held at the CA State Fair, and a Two Buck Chuck came in first in one category...to considerable embarrassment all around. Anybody know if this is real, or is it one of those too-good-to-be-true stories?