Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Livermore Valley wineries bring home the awards from the California State Fair

The 2011 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America.  The competition is open to all California bonded wineries selling retail and each year thousands of California wines are entered, seeking a chance to win one of the many coveted awards from the State Fair’s panel of expert wine judges.

This competition has been judging wines in California for over 150 years, recognizing the best wines in the state.  The judges are selected from a wide range of backgrounds, including wine educators, wine makers, wine journalists, retailers and wholesalers, wine collectors and restaurateurs.

This year’s 2011 competition found many Livermore Valley winemakers bringing home awards including some that are Best of Class for the region.

Bent Creek Winery
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley – Gold – 94 points
  • 2008 Cabernet Franc, Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2008 Zinfandel, Livermore Valley– Bronze – 87 points
  • Plus their 2007 Port from Amador County got a Silver medal
Concannon Vineyards
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Conservancy, Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley – Silver – 91 points
  • 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley, Conservancy, Livermore Valley – Silver – 90 points
  • 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2007 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Nina’s Cuvee, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 86 points
  • Plus several wines from outside Livermore Valley brought home awards including the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Monterey that got Gold medal and was Best of Class for North-Central Coast Appellations.
Crooked Vine Winery
  • 2008 Petite Verdot, Livermore Valley Del Arroyo Vineyard – Silver – 90 points plus Best of Class Greater Bay Appellation
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2008 Moxie (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot), Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2008 Syrah, Livermore Valley Del Arroyo Vineyard – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2009 Viognier, Livermore Valley Del Arroyo Vineyard – Bronze – 86 points
  • 2009 Chardonnay/Viognier, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 86 points
Darcie Kent Vineyards
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley De Mayo Vineyard – Gold – 94 points plus Best of Region Greater Bay Appellation and Best of Class
  • 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley Crown Block – Silver – 90 points
  • 2008 Zinfandel, Livermore Valley De Mayo – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley Madden Ranch – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley Picazo – Bronze – 86 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley Madden Ranch – Bronze – 86 points
  • Plus Darcie Kent won a Gold for their 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Monterey County, and Bronze for the 2009 Gruner Veltliner and 2009 Chardonnay from Monterey County
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
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  • 2010 Pinot Grigio, Livermore Valley – Silver – 90 points plus Best of Class Greater Bay Appellation
  • 2005 Port, Mad Lyn, Livermore Valley Carter Vineyard – Bronze – 86 points
Fenestra Winery
  • 2008 Malbec, Livermore Valley Ghielmetti Vineyard – Silver – 93 points plus Best of Class Greater Bay Appellation
  • 2006 Conjugation (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Livermore Valley – Silver – 93 points
  • 2007 Syrah, Estate Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points
  • 2009 Semonnay (Chardonnay and Semillon), Livermore Valley – Silver – 88 points plus Best of Class Greater Bay Appellation
  • 2008 Zinfandel, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 878 points
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley Ghielmetti Vineyard – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2010 Dry Rose, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2007 Merlot, Livermore Valley Thatcher Bay – Bronze – 87 points
  • Plus Fenestra took home a Bronze medal for their True Red table wine from California and 2010 Torrontes from Lodi
Las Positas Vineyards
  • 2008 Barbera, Livermore Valley – Gold – 94 points
  • 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley Casa de Vinas Covarrubias – Bronze – 87 points
Murrietta's Well
  • 2008 The Spur (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot), Livermore Valley - Gold - 94 points, plus Best of California for Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend, Best of Region Greater Bay Appellation Red
Occasio Winery
  • 2010 Angelica – Bronze – 87 points
Stony Ridge Winery
  • 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley Del Arroyo – Silver – 90 points
  • 2008 Trifecta (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah), Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 87 points
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley Del Arroyo – Bronze – 86 points
  • 2008 Syrah, Livermore Valley – Bronze – 86 points
Tamas Estates
  • Awarded Silver medals for their Central Coast wines
  • 2009 Pinot Grigio (plus Best of Class North-Central Coast Appellation
  • 2008 Double Decker Red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Barbera).
Wente Vineyards
  • Awarded several medals for their wines made with fruit sourced outside of Livermore Valley
  • 2009 Chardonnay Riva Ranch, Arroyo Seco – Gold – 95 points
  • 2008 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, Monterey – Silver – 90 points
  • 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Louis Mel, San Francisco Bay – Silver – 89 points plus Best of Class Greater Bay Appellation
  • 2008 Merlot, Sandstone, San Francisco Bay – Bronze – 86 points
On July 29, the California State Fair hosts the “Taste & Celebrate the Best Wines” event, featuring these award winning wines and more from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Stage.  This Special Event costs $25 above the cost of Fair Admission.
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1 comment:

  1. These are great wine list! You have an amazing selection. Great job!

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