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The results are in! Find out who earned bragging rights at this years Wine Competition recently held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Within the pages of this publication you will learn who won Best of Show, Best of Class, Best Winemaker, Best Bubbly and so on! Published by The Windfall. 530-621-1698

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2017 El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition Results Publication

The results are in! Find out who earned bragging rights at this years Wine Competition recently held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Within the pages of this publication you will learn who won Best of Show, Best of Class, Best Winemaker, Best Bubbly and so on! Published by The Windfall. 530-621-1698



The 2017 El Dorado County Open Wine Competition

El Dorado County Fair’s 29th annual open best Zinfandel made from El Dorado County two of the three Back Room “The competition staff did a spectacular
wine competition took place on Friday, May Grapes and Windwalker’s 2013 Sangiovese Gold Awards. Unique to our job putting the competition together—
17 at the fairgrounds in Placerville, CA. captured the Back Room Red Award. Ursa competition, back room staff start to finish, exclaims Von Hurson,
Seventy-three wineries participated with 499 Vineyard’s 2014 Petite Sirah received a choose wines from entries wine columnist and wine judge, “and there
wines. There were 33 professional judges, Double Gold, as well as Best Winemaker in using typical wine buying were some great wines to taste and award
one guest judge and 25 back room volunteers El Dorado County. Sentivo’s Rhone Blend, behaviors; some choose wines medals too. Impressive!”
to assist the 11 judging panels. received a Double Gold and the Best Earth they know, some because of
Friendly Wine award. the label and some because Yours Truly,
The wines continue to shine each year. they have always wanted to try
456 wines received medals, which is almost “I love the El Dorado County Wine a particular wine or varietal. Jody Gray
92% award winners; 39 were Double Golds Competition! After participating for seven In essence, these are “people’s
and an additional 68 received Gold medals. years, I can’t help but notice that, each year, choice awards.” They are then CEO, El Dorado County Fair
the wines from this region keep getting tasted blind—meaning that no
Placer County joined the Best of Show better,” states Chris Cunningham, Research one on the panel knows what
ranking this year with Sierra Starr Vineyards, Chemist and wine judge. “Barbera, grown in the wine is—as it is poured
2014 Cabernet Franc; Rising Starr rose the foothills of the Sierras, produces wines into a glass in another room by
to the top with a Double Gold and as the that are delicious and absolutely unique to others. These awards are
Overall Best of Show. Avanguardia came this part of the world.” a huge honor. The Back Room White award,
away with a Double Gold for their 2014 Macchia’s Ludicrous, a 2016 white blend,
L’anonista sparkling wine. Placer County was Amador County, another heavy hitter also received the Best Lodi Winemaker
represented by four wineries and 13 wines in this competition had 18 wineries entered Award. Back Room Zinfandel was awarded
with 12 wines receiving medals, 92%—in and was awarded 147 medals, of which to Macchia’s 2015 Mischievous.
line with the overall competition. 17 were Double Golds. Montevina’s 2015
Pinot Grigio won Best White of Show, as well Chouinard, a Castro Valley Winery
El Dorado County wines claimed 173 as Best Amador County Winemaker award. won the Best of Show Sweet Wine, with
medals for 29 wineries, 17 Double Gold Jeff Runquist’s 2015 Barbera won the their Monterey AVA 2014 Orange Muscat.
awards, including Hart 2 Hart’s 2014 Ryker Best of Show Barbera; not an easy feat with They were awarded six additional medals.
Red, a Rhone blend winning the Best Wine 30 Barberas entered.
made from El Dorado Grapes and the Best Murphy’s in Calaveras County did very
Rhone Award. Illuminare’s 2014 Zinfandel The Lodi Region was represented by four well, sending 32 wines from three wineries
won the coveted Frank Herbert Award for the wineries receiving 34 medals. Macchia won of which 30 were medal winners.

Wine tasting etiquette

~ By Doug Noble, Food Writer and Historian for The Windfall

A few years ago a group of wineries were asked for a list of things visitors to a winery should or shouldn’t
do when out enjoying a wine tasting. Nearly all of them came up with the same list. It is short
and it is really common sense. Most of all, enjoy your visit to the wineries and
make it a memorable experience for yourself and others.

1. Wine tasting is for adults, it is not a place 8. Follow the
for small children, in arms or strollers. directions of
Pets are also discouraged. the person
pouring. They
2. Be courteous when wine tasting. When you are trained and
get your wine, step back and let others in. can tell you the
And, if you want to talk with your friends, proper order in
move off to the side so other people don’t which to taste the wines.
have to walk through you. However, that doesn’t mean
you have to taste all of them,
3. The food is to enjoy with the wine or to something that leads to number 9.
cleanse the palate. It is not lunch.
9. Stay sober, it is a TASTING and not a
4. If you need to smoke, go outside. But, contest to see who can drink the most.
remember, smoking will dull the palate. If you are feeling a bit tipsy, have a glass
of water and eat something. In fact, try
5. Chewing gum while tasting wine is a no-no. drinking a glass of water for each glass of
wine you have. You will like yourself more
6. Please, no heavy perfume, cologne or the next morning.
aftershave. Strong aromas can affect how a
wine tastes to you or others nearby. PUBLISHED BY

7. If you wish to spit and not swallow, ask for WWW.THEWINDFALL.NET
a cup or where to do so. And, feel free to
pour out the wine left in your glass. They Cover art contributed by local artist
will have containers or “dump buckets” for
that purpose. Don’t drink it just to get rid of Vesla Greenwood
it. The winemaker will not get offended
if you pour out what is left.


The Perfect Weekend in El Dorado County –
With Wine Pairings!

~ By Mike Owen, Founder and El Jefe at Crystal Basin Cellars,
When the walls close in on your cubicle and your productivity plummets because
you REALLY need to get away for a weekend, ponder on this list of amazing and
fun things to do over a weekend in Western El Dorado County. We’re adding wine
pairings for an added dimension to all full visualization of the experience. It’s a virtual
vacation! Ready? Here goes!

Day 1

Get Amped! Grab some zingy espresso at Totem Coffee in the Courtyard of Placerville’s
Cary House Hotel. Pairs best with the mocha and coffee elements of Merlot.
Go Subterranean! Tour the Gold Bug Mine in Placerville for an authentic picture
of what it took to literally beat and blast nuggets and flakes of gold out of the ground.
Pairs best with an earthy Malbec.
Eat With Your Eyes! Visit the Placerville Farmers’ Market for a sensual riot of fresh
farm-grown veggies and other locally crafted items Saturdays 8 to Noon. An excellent
pairing with a bright Sangiovese.
Taste the Juice! Savor a wide range of award-winning wines and take the barrel room
tour at Crystal Basin Cellars in Camino. The perfect pairing for this stop is their smooth
Gold Medal winning Zinfandel that is grown across the street from the winery.
Take a Hike! At Sly Park Lake, it’s a mostly flat 1 mile hike from Hazel Creek
Meadow to the beautiful Park Creek Falls. The suggested pairing for this gorgeous
natural setting is a Grenache bursting with strawberry fruit.
Time to Boogie! Grab those dancing shoes and get ready to shake your tail feathers
in Coloma. You can party hop between great music options at Marco’s Café and the
Coloma Club. Pairs best with a Big Bold Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hit the Pillow! You might want to throw a bit of sack time in here to recover from
your amazing day. The lovely New World Port from Madrona Vineyards would be
a nice sip before bedtime.

Day 2

Rise and Shine! Brunch on the patio at the Independent in Placerville will kick start
your day – be sure to quaff a mimosa or two in order to get your daily ration of Bubbly.
Get Wet! Take an adrenaline-filled guided raft trip with Adventure Connections on the
Middle Fork of the American River. Bring sunscreen and enjoy the amazing American
River Canyon with a rugged and rustic Barbera.
Get All Historical! Tour the Gold Discovery state park in Coloma. See and touch what
started the Westward Expansion on our continent. A fun effort accompanied with a
thoughtful and pensive Syrah.
Get On the Train! Enjoy a 90 minute ride on the El Dorado Western Railroad featuring
small rolling stock maintained and operated by train buffs. Rides between 11am and
2:30pm on Sundays. A great match with a dense Petite Sirah.
Time for a Cocktail! Grab a Golden Cadillac at Poor Reds in El Dorado. These folks
consume the most Galliano in the world each year. This stop pairs with a cool and
lemony Chardonnay.


Finding dependable advice on wine

Buying wine at a grocery store or even a neighborhood wine shop can be points, such as varietal character, balance, food compatibility, typicality, and
frustrating for a number of reasons. overall enjoyability. The final medal is a result of negotiation and compromise.

Besides mediocre storage and the generally poor selection, we usually have Usually, a major wine competition with qualified judges results in gold med-
to deal with clerks who may not even be old enough to taste wine, let alone als for wines that exceed being just very fine, and silver medals are awarded to
suggest something to go with your mac ’n’ cheese. wines that fall just short of that more exalted rank, but which can represent an
extraordinary value.
Queries usually are answered with a shrug. At one grocery chain location re-
cently, a woman asked about a particular white wine that was on sale. The “wine There are occasions when expensive wines get “only” a silver medal, but
guy” said he didn’t know much about it, but “we haven’t had any complaints.” these can be simply wines that are in transition, waiting for a bit of time in the
bottle to develop secondary characteristics.
Nice recommendations
Wine competition results can be your best guide
Another way to get a wine recommendation is to frequent only those wine toward getting a good bottle of wine at a fair price.
shops that have knowledgeable sales people. But some communities are so
limited in stores that qualify, and some stores try to up-sell buyers. And some Dan Berger publishes
clerks are no help at all. Pitfalls abound. “Vintage Experiences,”
a weekly wine newsletter.
Going online can be marginally helpful, at least in terms of explaining differ- Write to him at [email protected].
ent wines. For instance, it’s nice to find out that a Chinon is a red wine from the
Loire Valley made from Cabernet Franc. But unless your local store carries one, ad
such information is only academically interesting.

Reading the scores of wine magazines or newsletters also can be somewhat
helpful, but scores for wines that typically sell for less than $15 are generally
moderate, which is not helpful. (Want a zinfandel that gets a score of 84?)

Moreover, no magazine I know of tells you specifically how such scores
were arrived at. Are scores a result of a wild guess after one sniff and one sip,
with knowledge of the wine’s price? Or was the evaluation double-blind?

So where to turn for sage wine advice?

Since 1982, when I founded an international wine competition, I have grown
increasingly supportive of such events as a guide for both wineries and consum-
ers. Each group can learn important facts for making and buying better wines.

Wineries can learn how a series of judges view their wines in a setting where
they are not affected by the price of the product or how much gold is sprayed
on the label. And they can learn where they fit in relation to other wineries that
make the same varieties.

And consumers can get a frame of reference on the best wines by seeing how
professionals view wines about which they know only the aroma and taste.

Since competition wine judges are not affected by knowing various brands,
they can approach each wine as objectively as possible. And although wine
judges do have their prejudices, the fact is that in most competitions, three or
more judges sit on a panel and discuss each medal candidate from various stand-




Best of Show 2017

You had me Best Sweet:
Chouinard Vineyards
at Merlot!
2014 White Dessert
Best White:
What’s Zin your Montevina Winery
2015 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Montevina
marketing toolbox?
Best Red:
530-295-8285 Business Signage Sierra Starr Vineyards
Banners & Posters 2014 Cabernet Franc Rising Starr Yard & Site Signs
Window Lettering Best Rhone:
Floor Graphics Hart2Hart

...and more! 2014 Red Rhone Blend Ryker Red

Thank you Vintners for another amazing year! Best Barbera:
Jeff Runquist Wines

2015 Barbera

Best of El Dorado County:
Ursa Vineyards
2014 Petite Sirah

Best of Placer County:
Sierra Starr Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Franc Rising Starr

Best of Amador County:
Montevina Winery

2015 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Montevina

Best of Lodi:

2016 White Blend Ludicrous

Best El Dorado Grape:

2014 Red Rhone Blend Ryker Red


Special Awards 2017 Designation details:

Back Room Gold White: Why the wine must be “produced and bottled by...” - allowing of course -
Macchia “Grown, produced and bottled by...” - for the El Dorado, Lodi and Amador
winemaking awards.
2016 White Blend Ludicrous
The winery production and bottling designation on a wine label can tell a lot to an
Back Room Gold Red: educated consumer. “Estate Bottled” and “Grown, Produced and Bottled by ...”
Windwalker Vineyards each mean that 100% of the grapes used must be from a vineyard that is owned
2013 Sangiovese or controlled within a viticultural area where the winery is located.

Back Room Gold Zinfandel: “Produced and Bottled by . . .” designates that the bottler made, fermented and
Macchia finished at least 75% of the wine.

2015 Zinfandel Mischievous “Made and Bottled by . . .” means that the bottler made, fermented and finished at
least 10% of the wine. Again, the extent to which a winemaker participated in the
Best Earth Friendly Wine: production of the wine often can be an indicator of quality.
Sentivo Vineyards
“Cellared and Bottled by . . .” or “Vinted and Bottled by .
2013 Red Rhone Blend Sentivo Vineyards . .” means that the bottler made less than 10% of
the wine and possibly did not make any
Frank Herbert Memorial Award: of the wine. This designation often
Illuminare Winery refers to wines bought in bulk from
2014 Zinfandel other wineries and bottled under
the label of a winery that had no
involvement in the production of
the wine.


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Best of Class 2017 Double Gold 2017

Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante Avanguardia Shenandoah
Batia Vineyards 2016 Marsanne/Rousanne Marsanne Wines Vineyards

Bookshelf Wines 2015 Zinfandel Thad’s Vineyard 2014 Traditional L’adonista 2013 Red Dessert
Bray Vineyard 2012 Petite Sirah
Barefoot Cellars Sobon Estate
Convergence Vineyards 2015 Petite Sirah NV Chardonnay 2014 Petite Sirah ReZerve
Illuminare Winery 2014 Lagrein Reserve
Jeff Runquist Wines 2015 Zinfandel Cooper Vineyards Charles B. Mitchell Terra d’ Oro Winery
Jeff Runquist Wines 2015 Sangiovese Pioneer Hill Vine Vineyards 2014 Barbera
Karmere 2016 Viognier Empress Karma
Karmere 2015 Zinfandel Empress Hayley 2014 Mourvedre Terra d’oro Barbera
Prospect Cellars 2015 Italian Red Blends or
Other Italian Red Varietals Gold Digger Red Drytown Cellars Windwalker
2015 Barbera Vineyards
Sobon Estate 2014 Primitivo ReZerve 2015 Syrah 2013 Zinfandel
Story Winery 2015 Chardonnay Sangiacomo 2013 Barbera
Due Vigne di Famiglia 2013 Syrah
Barefoot Cellars NV Rich Red Blend 2015 Italian Red Blends or 2012 Petit Verdot
Barefoot Cellars NV Zinfandel Other Italian Red Varietals 2013 Other Varietal
Red Wine
Cielo Estate 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Findleton Estate
Ironstone Vineyards 2015 Winery

Other Varietal White Wines Obsession 2014 Sangiovese Sangiovese
Nello Olivo Wine 2013 Barbera Barbera
Nello Olivo Wine 2014 Other Red Blends Grapefather Red Hart2Hart
Sobon Estate 2016 Dry Rosé Dry Rose 2014 Zinfandel Happy Zin
Sobon Estate 2014 Port/Fortied Wine Zinfandel Port
Toasted Toad Cellars 2013 Syrah Reserve Illuminare Winery
2013 Barbera
Syrah Barrel 08-062 & 08-094
Tulocay Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Jeff Runquist
Windwalker Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

2015 Carignane


Gold Medals 2017

Barefoot Cellars Drytown Cellars 2015 Other Red Rhone Varietals Sobon Estate
NV Syrah 2015 Tempranillo 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine
NV Rhone Rosé Macchia 2014 Zinfandel Rocky Top
NV White Dessert Due Vigne di Famiglia 2015 Zinfandel Sumptuous 2015 Barbera
2015 Petite Sirah Mtn. Grown 2015 Sangiovese Harmonious 2014 Rhone Rosé Red-A Premium Blend
Batia Vineyards
2016 Rhone Rosé Grenache Rose Element 79 Vineyards Milliaire Sobon Estate
2013 Other Red Blends Alloy 2013 Zinfandel Heritage Old Vine 2014 Chardonnay
Boeger Winery
2015 Petite Sirah Boeger Everhart Cellars Montevina Winery Starfield Vineyards
2016 Sauvignon Blanc Boeger 2014 Malbec 2013 Barbera Montevina Barbera 2016 Viognier
2015 Pinot Noir Pinot Grande 2015 Chardonnay Montevina
Findleton Estate Winery Story Winery
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay Chardonnay Nello Olivo Wine 2015 Sangiovese Story WInery
2016 White Blends Charles B. Mitchell 2015 White Blends Bianconello
2014 Petite Sirah Gwinllan Estate Szabo Vineyards & Winery
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakstone Winery 2013 Primitivo
Chouinard Vineyards 2015 Bordeaux Blends Reserve Dry Farmed
2014 Petite Sirah Hart2Hart The Naked Grape
2014 Bordeaux Blends Romantique Harmoy Obscurity Cellars NV Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Convergence Vineyards 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel Old Man Murrill NV Pinot Noir
2015 Syrah K Syrah Illuminare Winery 2015 Other Red Rhone Varietals
2015 Tempranillo 2014 Other Varietal Red Wine 1916 Old Vines Toasted Toad Cellars
2015 Petit Verdot 2012 Other Varietal Red Wine
Cooper Vineyards Karmere 2015 Malbec
2016 Rhone Rosé Roundpen Rose 2015 Barbera Empress Julie Ann
2014 Petite Sirah 2014 Nebiollo La Petite Morgan Sera Fina Cellars
2015 Syrah Empress Drew 2016 Viognier Sera Fina Cellars
Crystal Basin 2015 Red Rhone Blend Kade’s GSM
2014 Sangiovese Reserve Shenandoah Vineyards
Klinker Brick Winery 2015 Zinfandel ReZerve
Deaver Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel Old Vine
2013 Old Vine Zinfandel Old vines Sierra Starr Vineyards
Lava Cap Winery 2014 Bordeaux Blends Inurtia
circa 1860’s 2015 Chardonnay



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Silver Medals 2017

Agajanian Vineyards Black Sheep Convergence Vineyards Deaver Vineyards Jeff Runquist Wines Perry Creek Winery
NV Other Varietal White Wines 2014 Zinfandel 2011 Other Varietal White Wines 2016 Other Varietal White Wines 2016 Other Varietal White Wines 2016 Dry Rosé Altitude 2401’ Rose
Marmalade 2014 Zinfandel 2015 Primitivo 2015 Primitivo 2015 Zinfandel
2015 Barbera Winemakers Select 2014 Sangiovese 2015 Zinfandel Prospect Cellars
Amador Cellars Boeger Winery 2015 Barbera 2015 Primitivo 2016 Dry Rosé Riverbank Rose
2014 Zinfandel 2015 Zinfandel Tape Series 2015 Red Rhone Blend The Ranger D’Elissagaray 2015 Sangiovese 2015 Zinfandel Pay Dirt
2014 Sangiovese 2015 Barbera Boeger 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Other Red Blends Basque Blend 2015 Barbera 2015 Sangiovese Dance Hall
2014 Other Red Blends Farmhouse 2015 Merlot Boeger 2015 Italian Red Blends or 2015 White Dessert Fools Gold
Red Cooper Vineyards Dillian Wines
2016 Sauvignon Blanc Bookshelf Wines 2015 White Rhone Blend Blonde 2014 Zinfandel Tre Fratelli Other Italian Red Varietals Rosa-Lucca Estates
2016 Viognier Bookshelf Wines Viognier, Roussanne, Marssanne 2015 Zinfandel Hangtree 2015 Petit Verdot 2013 Petite Sirah
Archgate - Weibel Viognier 2013 Sangiovese Sangiobello 2014 Primitivo 2015 Malbec 2014 Other Red Blends
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Syrah 2014 Barbera 2015 Other Varietal Red Wine 2013 Other Red Blends
Bray Vineyard 2014 Red Rhone Blend Anniversary 2015 Petite Sirah 2015 Other Varietal Red Wine 2015 Port/Fortied Wine
Avanguardia Wines 2016 Other Varietal White Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
2010 Sangiovese Sagineto 2016 Dry Rosé Driven Cellars Karmere Saluti Cellars
2012 Primitivo Crystal Basin 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel Old Vine 2016 Rhone Rosé Empress Dawn 2014 Zinfandel Estate Zinfandel
Barefoot Bubbly 2013 Tempranillo 2014 Italian Red Blends or Other Zinfandel 2015 Zinfandel Empress Angie 2014 Barbera Estate Barbera
NV Traditional Italian Red Varietals Champion 2014 Primitivo Primitivo 2015 Zinfandel Empress Daisy
NV Other Sparkling Wine Charles B. Mitchell 2014 Syrah Reserve 2014 Barbera Barbera Sentivo Vineyards
NV Other Sparkling Wine Vineyards 2014 Mourvedre Reserve 2014 Tempranillo Tempranillo Klinker Brick Winery 2012 Syrah Sentivo Vineyards
NV Other Sparkling Wine NV White Blends 2014 Other Red Rhone Varietals 2014 Zinfandel Ghost 2012 Petite Sirah Sentivo Vineyards
NV Other Sparkling Wine 2016 Rhone Rosé Grenache Reserve Drytown Cellars 2014 Petite Sirah 2013 Other Red Rhone Varietals
NV Other Sparkling Wine 2014 Zinfandel 2014 Merlot Reserve NV White Blends Gold 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
NV Other Sparkling Wine 2013 Malbec 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016 Dry Rosé Sparking Shenandoah Vineyards
2014 Bordeaux Blends 2014 Malbec Reserve 2015 Zinfandel Lava Cap Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Barefoot Cellars 2014 Tempranillo Grand Reserve 2015 Petite Sirah 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel Old Vine 2013 Port/Fortied Wine
NV Riesling Chouinard Vineyards 2014 Other Red Blends 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Cabernet Franc 2016 White Dessert Volo Dolce
NV Rosé NV Any Wine 2015 Malbec 2013 Port/Fortied Wine Love Wave 2015 White Dessert Daphne
NV Malbec 2016 Rosé Xpealidocious Grand Reserve 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
NV Pinot Noir 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine 2014 Other Red Blends Renegade Red Due Vigne di Famiglia Sierra Starr Vineyards
NV Red Dessert 2014 Other Red Blends Quijote 2014 Nebiollo LeMulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery 2015 Barbera Barbera
NV Red Dessert Cielo Estate Grand Reserve 2014 Bordeaux Blends Aritsan 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Solstice
NV Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Zinfandel Element 79 Vineyards 2014 Bordeaux Blends Grand Artisan
2014 Sangiovese Crystal Basin Bistro 2013 Zinfandel Sierra Vista Vineyards & Winery
Batia Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc 2014 Red Rhone Blend Nuthin 2015 Other Red Blends Rare Earth Macchia 2013 Syrah Syrah
2016 White Rhone Blend Dos 2014 Tempranillo 2014 Other Red Blends Bada Boom 2015 Zinfandel Outrageous 2014 Merlot Mountain Ridge Reserve
Blancos 2014 Other Red Blends Bada Bing Everhart Cellars 2015 Zinfandel Ambitious 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Fume Blanc
2014 Primitivo 2015 Sangiovese Amorous
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon The 2015 Barbera Delicious Single Leaf Winery
American 2015 Other Varietal Red Wine Gracious NV Other Red Blends Lot 12
2015 Red Dessert Flirtatious
Findleton Estate Winery Sobon Estate
2015 Viognier Viognier Mais Fica Winery 2015 Zinfandel Fiddletown
2014 Zinfandel Fin Zin 2011 Mourvedre 2015 Zinfandel Cougar Hill
2014 Malbec Grand Reserve 2011 Other Red Rhone Varietals 2014 Syrah
2013 Other Red Blends ReZerve Red
Gianelli Vineyards Milliaire
2014 Italian Red Blends or 2016 Other Varietal White Wines Starfield Vineyards
2015 Other Varietal White Wines 2016 Marsanne/Rousanne
Other Italian Red Varietals
Catherine’s Cuvee Story Winery
Gwinllan Estate 2016 Rosé 2016 Rosé Estate Bottled
2013 Zinfandel 2014 Zinfandel Old Vine 2015 Syrah Bailey Vineyard
012 Petite Sirah 2014 Zinfandel
2014 Mourvedre 2015 Pinot Noir Szabo Vineyards & Winery
2014 Malbec Teulu 2014 Pinot Noir 2013 Other Red Rhone Varietals
2012 Port/Fortied Wine
Hagafen Cellars Terra d’ Oro Winery
2016 Riesling Hagafen Montevina Winery 2016 White Rhone Blend Terra
2014 Zinfandel Montevina Zinfandel
Harmony Cellars d’oro Chenin Blanc/Viognier
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Palomar Winery 2016 Dry Rosé
2015 Other Varietal White Wines 2015 Zinfandel
Hart2Hart 2014 Sangiovese
2014 Italian Red Blends or Other Cortese Castelletto 2015 Italian Red Blends or Other
Italian Red Varietals Bella Lynda 2011 Other Varietal Red Wine Italian Red Varietals Teroldego
2014 Other Red Blends 2014 Petite Sirah
Charbono BOV NV Port/Fortied Wine Zinfandel
Winemakers Blend
Nello Olivo Wine The Naked Grape
Illuminare Winery 2014 Other Varietal Red Wine NV White Dessert
2014 Other Red Rhone Varietals Sagrantino
NV Other Red Blends Seeing Red 2014 Other Red Blends Toscanello Ursa Vineyards
2015 Chardonnay
Ironstone Vineyards Oakstone Winery 2015 Viognier
2014 Zinfandel 2015 Barbera 2013 Petite Sirah
2015 Petite Sirah 2015 Petite Sirah Reserve 2014 Red Rhone Blend Syrah/Sirah
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Petite Sirah 3 Field Blend 2014 Other Varietal Red Wine
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon NV Rhone Rosé Major Red
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2013 Bordeaux Blends Meritage Reserve Reserve Dry Farmed Windwalker Vineyards
2014 Pinot Noir 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Primitivo Shady Lady
2013 Petite Sirah
Jean Montgomery Obscurity Cellars 2012 Tempranillo Lady
2015 Other Sparkling Wine 2014 Other Red Blends
O’Blivion’s Deja Vu


Bronze Medals 2017

Amador Cellars Findleton Estate Winery Mount Palomar Winery Sierra Starr Vineyards
2014 Barbera 2014 Barbera Barbera NV White Blends Annata 2015 Chardonnay Cosmic Reserve
2014 Cabernet Franc Young Vine/Old Vine NV Rhone Rosé Shorty’s Bistro Red 2013 Zinfandel Phils Selection
Archgate - Weibel 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Waiting for Harvest
2015 Zinfandel 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Fume Blanc Nello Olivo Wine Sierra Vista Vineyards & Winery
NV Other Sparkling Wine 2013 Petite Sirah Petite Sirah 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Cab. Sauv.
NV Other Sparkling Wine Gianelli Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay Uncorked Chardonay
2016 Chardonnay 2016 Other Varietal White Wines Obscurity Cellars
2014 Barbera 2014 Italian Red Blends or Other Italian Red Varietals Smokey Ridge
Avanguardia Wines 2014 Sangiovese Sangiovese
2014 Italian Red Blends or Other Italian Red Varietals Gwinllan Estate Perry Creek Winery 2014 Red Dessert Late Harvest Zin
2012 Red Rhone Blend 2014 Chardonnay Altitude 2401’ Chardonnay
Barefoot Cellars 2014 Zinfandel Zinman Sobon Estate
NV Rosé Hagafen Cellars 2013 Other Red Blends Altitude 2401’ Hangtime 2016 Viognier
NV Merlot 2015 Chardonnay Prix
NV Rhone Rosé Prospect Cellars Story Winery
Harmony Cellars 2015 Petite Sirah Pick and Shovel 2014 Zinfandel Estte Bottled
Bent Metal Winery 2015 Chardonnay 2014 Zinfandel Estate Bottled
2015 Dry Rosé 2016 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Rancho de los Viatros Vineyard 2014 Zinfandel Estate Bottled
Diamond Reserve 2015 Malbec
Black Sheep Terra d’ Oro Winery
2015 White Blends Ewephoric Hart2Hart Rosa-Lucca Estates 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel Terra d’oro Deaver old vine zin
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Other Red Blends Winemaker Red 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosa-Lucca Estates 2015 Italian Red Blends or Other Italian Red Varietals
2014 Red Dessert Rosa-Lucca Estates Terra d’oro Aglianico
Boeger Winery Illuminare Winery
2016 Rosé Boeger 2013 Petite Sirah Reserve Saluti Cellars The Naked Grape
2015 Zinfandel Hangtown Wines 2013 Malbec 2014 Syrah Estate Syrah NV Merlot
2015 Zinfandel Walker Zin/Boeger NV Rhone Rosé
2016 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Boeger Ironstone Vineyards Bronze Sentivo Vineyards
2014 Viognier Reserve 2012 Other Red Blends Sentivo Vineyards Toasted Toad Cellars
Bookshelf Wines 2014 Chenin Blanc 2012 Primitivo
2016 Other Varietal White Wines 2015 Zinfandel Reserve Sera Fina Cellars 2012 Barbera
Dick & Tommy 2015 Merlot 2016 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Sera Fina Cellars NV Other Red Blends Road Toad Red
2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve NV Rhone Rosé Dancing Grape
Bray Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Franc Tulocay Winery
2013 Sangiovese 2014 Rhone Rosé Red Obsession Shenandoah Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Syrah 2015 Chardonnay 2015 Zinfandel Special Reserve
2014 Other Varietal Red Wine 2014 Barbera ReZerve Windwalker Vineyards
2007 Port/Fortied Wine Jeff Runquist Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Chardonnay Grand Chardonney
2016 Viognier 2012 Malbec
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards 2015 Zinfandel Z
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Petite Sirah
2016 Sauvignon Blanc Charles B. Mitchell
2013 Pinot Noir Jose Wine Caves
2012 Zinfandel Jose Wine Caves
Chouinard Vineyards
2014 Zinfandel Old Vine Karmere
NV Other Red Blends 2015 Zinfandel Empress Josephine
2015 Italian Red Blends or Other Italian Red Varietals 2015 Italian Red Blends or Other Italian Red Varietals
The Italian Job Empress Juana Primabera
2015 Syrah Empress Rachel
Cooper Vineyards 2015 Other Red Blends
2014 Barbera Doc Pickens Hot Rod Red

Crystal Basin Klinker Brick Winery
2014 Zinfandel Reserve 2014 Zinfandel Old Vine
2014 Red Rhone Blend Victone Klinker Brick Winery 2014 Syrah Farrah
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2014 Bordeaux Blends Triumphant Grand Reserve Lava Cap Winery
2014 Other Red Blends Mystery Juice 2014 Zinfandel
2014 Pinot Noir Grand Reserve
LeMulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery
Crystal Basin Bistro 2016 Viognier
2014 Bordeaux Blends WTF 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery Macchia
2012 Zinfandel 2015 Zinfandel Oblivious
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Zinfandel Prestigious
2015 Zinfandel Serious
Drytown Cellars 2015 Primitivo Devious
2016 Chardonnay 2015 Primitivo Meticulous
2016 Viognier 2015 Petite Sirah Notorious
2015 Primitivo 2015 Port/Fortied Wine Dangerous
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
NV Rhone Rosé Mais Fica Winery
2012 Syrah
Due Vigne di Famiglia 2012 Mourvedre
2015 Barbera Reserve La Colina 2012 Other Red Rhone Varietals

Element 79 Vineyards Milliaire
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Primitivo Jeunesse
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Everhart Cellars
2015 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio



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