Saturday, January 14, 2012

Livermore Valley bring home Gold from San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Thirty Livermore Valley wineries picked up 143 awards at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including Sweepstake award as the best red wine in the competition by McGrail Vineyard’s 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.  Livermore Valley winemakers took home four Best of Class, 5 Double Gold, 20 Gold, 64 Silver and 49 Bronze awards.  This is in comparison with the 89 awards won in last year’s competition.  Congratulations to those award-winning winemakers in this diverse wine region in the heart of the Bay Area.

The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines and this year included a record breaking 5,500 entries judged by 65 prominent wine judges.  The competition is always fierce and as the number of entries grow, it becomes tougher.
McGrail Vineyard and Winery is proud to capture the Sweepstake award as the best red wine in the competition with their 2008 Livermore Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.  Check this article about the award.

Best of Class awards were won by Bent Creek Winery for their 2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuda Ridge Wines for their 2009 Merlot, Thomas Coyne Winery for the 2008 Quest Rhone blend, and Wente Vineyards for their 2009 Nth Degree Livermore Valley Syrah.
  • Auburn James Winery– Bronze medals for their 2008 Bella Vista Block 4 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Cottrill Vineyard Diablo Rosso
  • Bent Creek Winery– In addition to their Best of Class award for their Cab, picked up Double Gold for their 2009 Zinfandel Port, Silver for their 2009 Petite Sirah and 2009 Red on Red, plus Bronze for 2009 Syrah and 2009 Zinfandel
  • Charles R Vineyards– Gold medal for 2009 Zinfandel, Silver for 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Syrah, plus Bronze for 2008 Petite Sirah
  • Concannon Vineyards– Four Gold medals awarded for the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay, 2009 Reserve Syrah, 2008 Captain Joe’s Petite Sirah and 2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. In addition Concannon captured 11 Silver medals and 5 Bronze medals
  • Crooked Vine Winery– Gold medal awarded for the 2009 Moxie Bordeaux Blend, Silver won for 2010 Fume Blanc and 2008 Petite Sirah, and Bronze for 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Cabernet Franc and 2009 Petit Verdot
  • Cuda Ridge Wines– In addition to their Best of Class for the 2009 Livermore Valley Merlot but also Silver for the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and Bronze for the 2009 Petit Verdot
  • Darcie Kent Vineyards– Double Gold medal for the 2010 De Mayo Chardonnay, Gold for the 2010 Rava Black Jack Sauvignon Blanc, Silver for the 2008 De Mayo Zinfandel and 2009 Rava Black Jack Pinot Noir and Bronze for 2008 Petite Sirah, 2010 West Pinnacles Chardonnay and 2010 Gruner Veltliner
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyards– Silver award for 2005 Madlyn Port and Bronze for the 2010 Pinot Grigio
  • Fenestra Winery– Grabbed a Double Gold award for the 2007 Thatcher Bay Vineyards Merlot, 3 Golds for 2007 Syrah, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 Verdelho, plus eight Silver medals and five Bronze medals
  • Harris Tesla Vineyard– Won Silver for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and Bronze for their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Las Positas Vineyards– Picked up Silver for the 2010 Orange Muscat and three Bronze medals for the 2008 Barbera, 2007 Petite Sirah and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Longevity Wines– Silver medal awarded for the 2009 Tempranillo and Bronze for the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • McGrail Vineyards & Winery– Sweepstake for best red wine for the 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Silver for the 2009 Chardonnay
  • Mitchell Katz Winery– Gold medal awarded for the 2009 Abboud Acres Shiraz, six Silver medals for 2010 Chardonnay, 2010 Pinot Gris, 2009 Sangiovese, 2009 Syrah, 2008 Falling Star Petite Sirah and 2009 Clarks Corner Petite Sirah, plus a Bronze for 2009 Zinfandel
  • Murrieta’s Well– won two Silvers for the 2008 Petit Verdot and 2009 “The Spur” blend, plus 2 Bronze medals for 2010 Semillon Chardonnay and 2009 Zarzuela blend.
  • Nottingham Cellars– captured two Silver medals for both wines entered, the 2010 Chardonnay and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Page Mill Winery– took home a Gold medal for 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, two Silvers for 2010 Angela’s Cuvee Rose and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon plus two Bronze medals
  • Red Feather Winery – won Silver medal for the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Retzlaff Winery– picked up three Bronze medals for 2009 Chardonnay, 2006 Merlot and 2005 Cab/Merlot
  • Rios-Lovell Estate Winery– captured a Double Gold for the Zinfandel Syrah Port, five Silvers for 2005 Cab/Merlot, Cabernet Franc Port, Mourvedre Barbera Port and Petite Sirah Port, plus a Bronze for the 2007 Syrah
  • Ruby Hill Winery– won a Gold medal for the 2009 Peacock Patch Zinfandel, and two Bronze medals for the 2009 Reserve Chardonnay and 2009 Grapeful Red blend
  • Steven Kent Winery– took home Silver medals for the 2010 Lola Bordeaux blend and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Stony Ridge Winery– received two Silver medals for 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Trifecta blend and two Bronze medals for the Sparkling Malvasia Bianca and 2009 Zinfandel
  • Tamas Estates– in addition to the Double Gold for the 2009 Double Decker red blend, also got Gold for the 2009 Sangiovese Reserve and two Silvers for the 2010 Pinot Grigio and 2009 Zinfandel
  • Thomas Coyne Winery– showed off with the Best of Class for the 2008 Quest Rhone blend, plus a Gold for the 2008 Petit Verdot and two Bronze medals for the 2009 Quest Rhone blend and 2008 Mourvedre
  • Wente Vineyards– in addition to the Best in Class for the 2009 Nth Degree Syrah, plus two Golds for the 2009 Merlot and 2007 Merlot and three Silvers and 2 Bronze medals
  • Wood Family Vineyards– was awarded a Gold medal for the 2009 Muy Bueno Zinfandel, Silver medals for the 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Madden Ranch Syrah and Bronze for the 2009 Hansen Ranch Zinfandel
Congrats to three of the newer wineries in Livermore, 3 Steves Winery picked up two Bronze medals for their Chardonnay and Cab, TateDog Wines got a Golds for their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and Silver for their Wanless Chardonnay, and Rigg Estate Vineyards captured a Bronze medal for their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The public is invited to the Public Tasting to be held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Saturday, February 18th at 2 – 5 p.m.
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