Monday, February 29, 2016

Lodi results from San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The Lodi wine region is unique in California.  This is a wine region where the winemakers truly have their heart and soul in the ground. Most of them have a background primarily as grape growers who added winemaking to their bank of skills.  It is known that the finest wines have their start on the vine.  Lodi delivers quality grapes, particular reds such as Zinfandel plus Spanish and Italian varietals.  Not only do the winemakers of Lodi craft these grapes into excellent wines, but also winemakers from outside of Lodi swarm into the area to select Lodi grapes for their wines as well.  

As a result you will see that Lodi did extremely well at the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  Over 100 wineries picked up 254 awards, but while 39 Lodi based wineries captured awards, 65 wineries based outside of Lodi also came away with awards for wines based on grapes from Lodi. This region brought home 6 Best of Class, 6 Double Gold, 44 Gold, 111 Silver and 87 Bronze medals.

The major awards went to:

Best of Class
  • Jessie’s Grove Winery for the Estate Royal Tee Label
  • Ivory & Burt 2013 Chardonnay from Lange Twins
  • M2 2013 Duality Rhone Blend
  • Michael David Petite Petit 2013 Petite Sirah
  • Soquel Vineyards 2013 Grenache
  • Fenestra 2012 Graciano

Double Gold
  • Estate Crush 2013 Cinsault
  • Michael David 2013 Inkblot Cabernet Franc
  • Michael David 2013 Lust Zinfandel
  • Mikami Vineyards 2013 Zinfandel
  • Oak Farm Vineyards Tievoli red blend
  • Solitary Cellars 2013 Barbera

Lodi based wineries that also brought home awards are:

To learn more about the specific award winning wines from these wineries, click on the winery name to go to their website.

The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines and this year included a record breaking 7,162 entries from around the nation and judged by 65 prominent wine judges from around the world. The competition is always fierce and as the number of entries grow, it becomes tougher.

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