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Released: November 06, 2015

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New This Year, we’ve Gone Coast to Coast and South of the Border!

Entry Materials and Entry Forms Now Available ONLINE

DEL MAR, CA (November 6, 2015) – Calling all winemakers. The Toast of the Coast Competition, entering its fifth year, is seeking wine entries for its annual event to showcase the top wines from all 50 states and Mexico. Top performers in the competition will be invited to participate in The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival, a ticketed tasting event on June 11, 2016. What makes us different? We purchase top-performing wines to serve at select locations throughout the run of the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Vons – a 26-day event with an annual attendance more than 1.5 million people.

For the best “Early Bird” price $55 per entry, wineries should ENTER ONLINE NOW THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2016 at www.thetoastofthecoast.com. Entries received from January 9 through the final deadline of January 29, 2016, are $80 per entry. The competition wine delivery deadline is February 5, 2016, followed by the closed judging on February 20 - 21, 2016.

Some of the finest tasting talent will be judging the competition (see our entry brochure on our website for a running list of judges) and winning wines will be awarded gold and silver medals along with the Double Gold Award, which is reserved for the finest wines deemed worthy by a three-judge unanimous decision. In addition, Best of State, Best of County, Best of Variety and Best of Appellation Awards will be given to the top-performing wine in each varietal or blended category as merited. One wine will be designated “Best of Show,” known as The Toast of the Coast for 2016. A complete list of results will be available starting March 4, 2016.

Tickets will go on sale for The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival in March, 2016. Two sessions (noon – 3 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m.) will be available for purchase. For $61, General Admission will include session admission, souvenir tasting glass with UNLIMITED samplings of award-winning wines and admission to the San Diego County Fair. The VIP Winemakers’ Tasting, for $94, includes half-hour early session admission, souvenir tasting glass with UNLIMITED samplings of award-winning wines, VIP Winemakers’ Tasting lounge with award-winning wine and food pairings presented by winemakers and chefs, and Fair admission. Visit www.thetoastofthecoast.com. or more details.

“Mad About the Fair” is the theme slated for the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Vons fusing the magic of Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with the artistic movement known as Steampunk. The Fair will open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and run through Monday, July 4th. The Fair will be closed Mondays (except July 4th) and the first two Tuesdays.
Visit www.sdfair.com.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Zweig
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