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Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé, Carneros Claims Top Honors in 2018 Toast of The Coast Wine Competition

Released: March 02, 2018

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DEL MAR, Calif. (March 2, 2018) ­– Southern California’s premier international wine competition, the Toast of the Coast (TOTC), has named the nonvintage Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé the star of the show. It claims the top spot from 772 wines submitted by 137 wines from around the globe.

The budding rosé claimed TOTC’s Best of Show and is described by judges as “Layered and nuanced and quite flavorful even though truly Brut in dryness, this wine is convincing from the first whiff and sip, but also enduringly interesting as it opens and develops in the glass. Terrific bubbly, and worth every penny asked for it.” The Best of Show is selected from the Double Gold winners showing the highest points score.

The TOTC competition awarded gold and silver medals along with the Double Gold Award, which is reserved for the finest wines deemed worthy by a three-judge panel. In addition, Best of State, Best of County, Best of Country, Best of Variety and Best of Appellation Awards were given to the top performing wines in each varietal or blended category as merited. View all of the winning wines here.

Many of these top-performing wines will be served at the 7th Annual Toast of the Coast Wine Festival on Saturday, June 9, which is National Rosé Day. There are two sessions to choose from: noon-3 p.m. or 4-7 p.m.

TOTC occurs during the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. It is quickly becoming a favorite wine lover’s event – last year, more than 2,000 people attended the Festival to celebrate winemaking, one of the fastest-growing industries in San Diego County.

Take a peek at all the ways to uncork the fun at the TOTC Festival:

VIP Winemakers' Tasting: Start your wine-tasting journey with a sparkling wine reception 30 minutes prior to general admission festival goers. During the 90-minute VIP experience, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass and be treated to award-winning wines and food with the winemakers and chefs on hand to discuss the pairings. Afterward, taste more than 100 award-winning wines in as many 1-oz. pours as you like during a three-hour session. Cost is $110, which includes Fair admission.

General Admission: More than 100 award-winning wines from around the world are available for an unlimited number of 1-oz. pours during each three-hour session. You’ll also be treated to award-winning cheeses from more than 20 cheesemakers. Cost is $65, which includes Fair admission.

Fair Tripper: Fair Tripper tickets include admission to the Festival and the Fair, as well as a round-trip voucher for public transportation on the Coaster, Sprinter and Breeze. Cost is $120 for the VIP Winemaker’s Tasting and $75 for general. Let NCTD be your designated driver before and after the Festival and avoid the traffic and parking fee.

WHEN: Two tasting sessions on June 9: noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, Calif.
COST: $65 general admission; $110 VIP Winemakers’ Tasting; $120 Fair Tripper VIP Winemaker’s Tasting; $75 Fair Tripper general admission
GENERAL INFO.: thetoastofthecoast.com

About The Toast of the Coast

The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition and Festival is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair. 2018 marks the seventh year of The Toast of the Coast. The competition is open to licensed wineries worldwide and the festival is open to the public. The San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, is the largest annual event in San Diego County, and one of the top five fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing approximately 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information, visit thetoastofthecoast.com.

For more information, please contact:
Annie Pierce
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