Monday, February 29, 2016

Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries are high on results from San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is unique in that it was among the first to be defined by mountain topography, following the fog line along the coast to encompass the highest vineyards on the ridge tops as high as 2600 feet elevation. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range and extends from Woodside in the north to Watsonville in the south; from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland.  This combination of elevation and climate results in premium quality grapes while the geography and history result in a collection of many small owner operated wineries and small vineyards tucked among the ridges and valleys. 

At the recent 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition winemakers from 26 wineries either located in the Santa Cruz Mountains or using grapes from the region brought home 99 awards. Among these awards were the Red Sweepstakes winner, a Best in Class and four Double Golds:
Red Sweepstakes
  • Sonnet Wine Cellars 2013 Tondre’s Grapefield Pinot Noir

Best of Class
  • Sonnet Wine Cellars 2013 Tondre’s Grapefield Pinot Noir

Double Gold
  • Bargetto Family Estate 2013 Pinot Noir
  • Beauregard Vineyards 2014Bald Mountain Chardonnay
  • Left Bend Winery Mashup V1, a multi-vintage Red Blend
  • Soquel Vineyards 2014 Nelson Vineyard Chardonnay

Be sure to check out the following wineries and their award winning wines.  Click on the winery name to view their website and explore their wines.

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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