Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Winning wines bring home gold

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PETE BACCO, right and Lou Bacco serve wine to the panel of judges for the final competition in the red division. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Thirty-four wine judges convened at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to look, swirl, taste and select the best wines entered in the 25th El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition presented by the Mountain Democrat.
After a full-day of judging on Friday, May 17, the verdicts were revealed at an evening ceremony hosted by the El Dorado County Fair Board of Directors.
Jody Gray, chief executive officer of the El Dorado County Fair, welcomed the participating wineries, judges and volunteers to the reception and then turned the microphone over to Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat, to announce the winners.
Esposito noted that his personal wine expertise related back to growing up in New York and enjoying chianti with everything from spaghetti to fish, and maybe even dessert. He acknowledged the judges and praised their herculean efforts in judging the 414 entries from 64 wineries.

 

Special awards 2013

Best of Show Red is Bray Vineyard, 2010 Barbera, Shenandoah Valley.
Best of Show White is Terra d’ Oro Winery, 2011 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.
Best of Show Rhône is David Girard Vineyards, 2011 Grenache, Estate.
Best of Show Sweet is Macchia Winery, 2009 Port, Amador County
Best of Show Barbera is Bray Vineyard, 2010 Barbera, Shenandoah Valley.
Frank Herbert Memorial Award (best zinfandel from El Dorado County winery and grapes) is Gwinllan Estate, 2009 Zinfandel, Estate.
El Dorado Grape Growers Award (best wine made from El Dorado County grapes) sponsored by El Dorado County Grape Growers is David Girard Vineyards, 2011 Grenache, Estate.
Back Room Gold for Best Zinfandel (awards chosen by the volunteer staff, a people’s choice award) is Macchia 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel Mischevious.
Back Room Gold for Best of Red is Boeger 2011 Merlot.
Back Room Gold for Best of White is Terra d’ Oro 2011 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.
Back Room Gold for Best of Sparkle is Weibel Family Vineyard and Winery, Peach Grape Sparkling Wine.

Best of Class medals went to: Chatom Vineyards, 2011 Chardonnay; Feist Wines, 2011 Viognier; Gwinllan Estate, 2009 Zinfandel; Macchia, 2011 Sangiovese; Macchia, 2011 Zinfandel; Nevada City Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Oakstone Winery, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot; and Sobon Estate, 2011 Syrah.
Twenty-eight double gold medals are presented to: Black Sheep, 2010 Other Red Rhône Varietals, Grenache; Black Sheep, 2010 Other Red Rhône Varietals, Cinsault; Bray Vineyard, 2010 Barbera; Cedar Creek Ranch and Vineyards, 2009 Syrah; Chatom Vineyards, 2009 Syrah;  Cooper Vineyards, 2012 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio; David Girard Vineyards, 2011 Grenache; Due Vigne di Famiglia, 2009 Dolcetto; Feist Wines, 2010 Zinfandel; Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 2010 Tempranillo; Gianelli Vineyards 2010 Aclianico; Gwinllan Estate, 2009 Zinfandel; Jeff Runquist Wines, 2011 Petit Verdot; Macchia, 2011 Zinfandel; Macchia, 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel; Macchia, 2011 Sangiovese; Macchia, 2011 Barbera; Macchia, 2009 Port; Macchia, 2011 Red Dessert; Nevada City Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Oakstone Winery, 2011 Carignane; Oakstone Winery, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot; Sobon Estate, 2011 Syrah; Terra d’ Oro Winery, 2011 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio ; Terra d’ Oro Winery, 2011 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Montevina; Terra d’ Oro Winery, 2010 Barbera; Toogood Estate Winery, NV 50 percent Barbera, 50 percent Charbono; and Ursa Vineyards, 2008 Petite Sirah.
Double golds are awarded to wines earning a gold from all the judges on the panel.

El Dorado County wines winning gold medals are: Beemers, 2010 Primitivo; Boeger Winery, 2011 Merlot; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Malbec Reserve; David Girard Vineyards, 2010 Mourvedre; Grace Patriot Wines, 2010 Cabernet Franc; Gwinllan Estate, 2009 71% Grenache/29% Syrah; Illuminare Winery, 2010 Barbera;  Mount Dorado Winery, 2010 Malbec; Oakstone Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Oakstone Winery, 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel, Old Man Murrill Obscurity Cellars; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2009 Syrah, Estate; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2012 Viognier, Viognier Doux; Single Leaf Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate; Single Leaf Winery, 2010 Malbec; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Malbec, Family Select; NV Toogood Estate Winery, Other Red Blends; and Ursa Vineyards, NV Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Viognier, Major Red.

The wineries in El Dorado County earning silver medals are: Auriga, 2012 Riesling, Capella; Auriga, 2010 50 percent Zinfandel/25 percent Merlot/25 percent Syrah, Red Giant; Beemers, 2009 Cabernet Franc; Boeger Winery, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; Boeger Winery, 2012 Chardonnay; Boeger Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Boeger Winery, 2009 Sangiovese; Boeger Winery, 2009 Syrah; Boeger Winery, 2011 Cabernet Franc; Boeger Winery, 2010 Tempranillo; Boeger Winery, 2011 Tempranillo; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2012 Riesling; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2009 Syrah, J. Foster Mitchell; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2011 Other Red Rhone Varietals, 2011 Grenache, Reserve Grenache; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Zinfandel; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 55 percent Grenache, 18 percent Syrah, 18 percent Mouverde, 9 percent Petite Syrah, Victorie Grand Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Cabernet Franc, Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Bordeaux Blends, 60 percent Triumphant Grand Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Other Red Blends, 50 percent Mourvedre, 25 percent Zinfandel, 25 percent Malbec, Renegrade Red; David Girard Vineyards, 2011 66 percent Viognier/34 percent Roussane,  Viognier-Roussanne; David Girard Vineyards, 2011 41 percent Roussanne/33 percent Marsane/13 ercent Grenache blanc/12 percent Rolle/1 percent Viognier, Coda Blanc; David Girard Vineyards, 2010 Syrah; David Girard Vineyards, 2011 52 percent Syrah/37 percent Grenache/11 percent Counoise, Triptych; Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 2012 50 percent Gewurztraminer/50 percent Chardonnay, Jane Way Lot 1; Findleton Estate Winery, 2010 Cabernet Franc, young vine old vine; Fitzpatrick Winery, 2008 Zinfandel; Fitzpatrick Winery, NV Barrel Select Red Table; Grace Patriot Wines, 2012 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, Lewis Grace; Grace Patriot Wines, 2012 Rosé, 78 percent Tempranillo/17 percent Riesling/4 percent Syrah/1 percent Pino Gris, Hip Hip Rose; Gwinllan Estate, 2010, Chardonnay; 2009 Gwinllan Estate, Petite Sirah; Illuminare Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Illuminare Winery, 2010 Sangiovese; Illuminare Winery, 2011 Malbec; Lava Cap Winery, 2010 34.1 percent Syrah/33.4 percent Syrah/33.4 percent Cabernet Franc/21.4 percent Merlot/11.1 percent Zinfandel;  Oakstone Winery, 2012 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio; Oakstone Winery, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakstone Winery, 2011 Petit Verdot, Obscurity Cellars; Oakstone Winery, 2011 Malbec; Para Vi, 2009 Zinfandel; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2011 Marsanne/Rousanne, Estate; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah; Single Leaf Winery, 2009 Petite Sirah; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Zinfandel, Family Select; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Syrah, Family Select; Toogood Estate Winery, 2009 Tempranillo; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Tempranillo, Family Select; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Alicante Bouschut, Alicante Bouschet Family Select; Winery by the Creek, 2009 Zinfandel, Splashdown; Winery by the Creek, 2011 Petite Sirah, Reserve Petite Sirah; Winery by the Creek, 2011 Merlot, Splashdown; Winery by the Creek, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot, Grand Reserve; and Winery by the Creek, 2012 Muscat, Muscato.

Wineries garnering bronze medals are: Auriga, 2010 Zinfandel, Uncle Bud and Chuck’s Favorite; Auriga, 2011 Zinfandel, Reserve Zinfandel; Auriga, 2010 Sangiovese; Auriga, 2010 Barbera; Beemers, 2010 Zinfandel; Beemers, 2009 Barbera; Boeger Winery, 2012 Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio; Boeger Winery, 2011 Pinot Noir; Boeger Winery, 2011 Zinfandel; Boeger Winery, 2010 Barbera; Boeger Winery, NV Cabernet/Barbera/Zinfandel/Merlot/Petite Sirah/Syrah/Cabernet Franc/Pinor Noir/Mourvedre/Grenache/
Petite Verdot; Boeger Winery, 2011 White Dessert, Muscat Canelli; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2011 Zinfandel, Reserve Zinfandel; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, NV Red Rhone Blend Syrah base, Cote du Cosumnes; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2010 Merlot, Reserve Merlot; Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 2010 Bordeaux Blends 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon/20 percent Merlot/10 percent Cabernet Franc, Grand Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Syrah, Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Petite Sirah, Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Mourvedre, Reserve; Crystal Basin Cellars, 2010 Merlot, Reserve; Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 2012 Chardonnay; Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 2010 Barbera; Findleton Estate Winery, 2010 Syrah, Raven Red Reserve; Findleton Estate Winery, 2011 Mourvedre, Mourvedre; NV 50 percent Mourvedre/50 percent Syrah, Parrot Head Williamson Red; Findleton Estate Winery, 2010 Merlot, Midnight Merlot; Findleton Estate Winery, 2008 Bordeaux Blends  67 percent Cabernet, 22 percent Cabernet Franc, 11 percent Merlot, Red Coat; Fudge Factory Farm, NV Blackberry, Fudge Factory Farm; Grace Patriot Wines, 2012 Riesling, Lewis Grace; Grace Patriot Wines, 2010 Syrah, Lewis Grace; Grace Patriot Wines, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lewis Grace; Grace Patriot Wines, NV 93 percent Cabernet/5 percent Syrah/2 percent Cabernet Franc, Bonne Bouche; Illuminare Winery, 2012 Chardonnay; Illuminare Winery, 2011 Zinfandel; Illuminare Winery, 2010 Zinfandel; Illuminare Winery, NV Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Zinfandel, Seeing Red; Illuminare Winery, 2010 43 percent Petite Sirah/14 percent Petit Verdot/29 percent Zinfandel/14 percent Merlot, Momentum; Nello Olivo Wine, 2010 Sangiovese; Nello Olivo Wine, 2010 Merlot; Oakstone Winery, 2012 Torrontes; Oakstone Winery, 2010 Barbera; Oakstone Winery, 2011 Alicante Bouschet/Tempranillo/Tinta Amarela/Barbara/Cargnane,  O’Blivion’s Ressurrection; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2008 Zinfandel, Estate; Single Leaf Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; Single Leaf Winery, 2011 Port, Estate;  Toogood Estate Winery, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; Toogood Estate Winery, 2010 Primitivo, Family Select; Toogood Estate Winery, 2009 Charbono, Family Select; Winery by the Creek, NV White Blends, Way White; Winery by the Creek, 2010 Barbera, CBM Winemaker Reserve; Winery by the Creek, 2011 Syrah, Splashdown; and Winery by the Creek, 2011 Merlot, Signature Merlot.

A complete listing of all the winners will be in a wine competition special section publishing on June 12.

Winning wines and all the fine wines can be tasted at the 2013 El Dorado County Fair “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams”running June 13 to 16 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

Buy discounted, presale tickets by June 12 for $8 for ages 13 and over and $6 for seniors 60 and over and juniors 7 to 12 years old. Ticket packages, season passes and presale carnival tickets can all be purchased at the El Dorado County Fair Website at eldoradocountyFair.org or at the fair office, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

For more information and a complete schedule please visit the El Dorado County Fair or call the fair office at 530-621-5860.

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