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Local wineries take home total of 64 awards for various styles of wines

SAN DIEGO – March 01, 2016 – Twenty-four San Diego County Vintner Association (SDCVA) member wineries earned silver, gold and double gold medals in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition.

The annual competition took place February 20-21 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego with 694 entries from wineries across the United States and Mexico. Twenty-four judges sipped and examined the wines, then awarded silver and gold medals accordingly along with the Double Gold Award, which is reserved for the finest wines deemed worthy by a four-judge panel consisting of one wine writer, one wine maker, one professional sommelier and one wine marketer. In addition, Best Varietal and Best of Appellation Awards were given to the top performing wines in each varietal or blended category as merited.

“San Diego County is rich in microclimates that give SDCVA winemakers the opportunity to grow unique and varied varietals across the region,” said Linda McWilliams, president of the SDCVA and owner of San Pasqual Winery. “We’re glad to see our members getting the recognition they deserve as their wines revive San Diego’s heritage as California’s first wine growing region.”

List of SDCVA member awards –

  • Beach House Winery
    • Double Gold, Best of Dry Creek Valley AVA, Best Petite Sirah – 2011 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley
    • Gold – 2012 Zin on the Beach, California
  • Bernardo Winery
    • Silver – 2014 Albariño/Syrah Rosado, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Syrah, Sunfresh & Estate II Mulino Vineyards, San Diego County
  • BK Cellars
    • Silver – 2013 Syrah, Temecula Valley
  • Campo Creek Vineyards
    • Silver – 2013 Rancher’s Red, South Coast
  • Casa Tiene Vista
    • Silver – 2012 City Lights Cabernet Sauvignon, California
  • Coyote Oaks Vineyards
    • Double Gold, Best of San Diego County, Best Montepulciano – 2014 Montepulciano, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Dancing Dog, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Party Pack, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Furry Lips, San Diego County
  • Deerhorn Valley Vineyards
    • Silver – 2013 Cabernet Franc, Estate, South Coast
  • Highland Valley Vineyards
    • Gold – 2013 Syrah, San Diego County
  • Hill Top Winery
    • Silver – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ranch House, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ranch House, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2012 Merlot, Ranch House, California
  • Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery
    • Gold, Best Blended White Misc. Wine – 2015 Mélange Blanc, Estate Grown, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2015 Rosé, Estate Grown, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2015 Albariño, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2014 Tempranillo, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2015 Blueberry, California
    • Silver – 2013 Queue Rouge, Estate Grown, San Diego County
  • Little Oaks Winery
    • Double Gold, Best of South Coast Appellation, Best Sangiovese – 2013 Sangiovese, South Coast
    • Gold – 2013 Malbec, South Coast
    • Gold – 2013 Red Wine, South Coast
  • Mattucci Winery
    • Double Gold, Best Cabernet Sauvignon (tie) – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bentley Ironworks, Paso Robles
  • Old Coach Vineyards and Winery
    • Silver – 2012 The Firestorm Reserve, Estate Grown, South Coast
    • Silver – 2012 The Showdown Reserve, Estate Grown, South Coast
    • Silver – 2012 Petite Sirah Reserve, Estate Grown, South Coast
    • Silver – 2012 Sandy’s Syrah Reserve, Estate Grown, South Coast
    • Silver – 2012 The Peacemaker Reserve, Estate Grown, South Coast
  • Poppaea Vineyard and Winery
    • Silver – 2014 Barbera, Estate Grown, Ramona Valley
  • Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery
    • Gold – 2013 Tannat, Ramona Valley
    • Gold – 2012 Sangiovese Reserve, Ramona Valley
    • Silver – 2013 Montepulciano, South Coast
    • Silver – 2014 Tickled Pink, South Coast
  • San Pasqual Winery
    • Gold – 2015 Rosé of Cabernet Franc, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Malbec, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Diego County
  • Shadow Mountain Vineyards and Winery
    • Silver – 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 423, Winemaker’s Selection, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2013 Nebbiolo, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2012 Merlot, San Diego County
    • Silver – 2012 Syrah, Winemaker’s Selection, San Diego County
  • Solterra Winery
    • Gold – 2013 Merlot, Dry Creek Valley (Christopher Cameron Vineyards)
    • Gold – 2014 La Surena, California (Solterra)
    • Silver – 2013 Aglianico, Valle de Guadalupe (Solterra)
    • Silver – 2013 Mourvedre, Temecula Valley (Solterra)
    • Silver – 2013 Syrah, Arroyo Seco (Costa Azul)
  • Turtle Rock Ridge Winery
    • Silver – 2013 Hello Beautiful, San Diego County
  • Vino Urbano Urban Winery
    • Gold – 2014 Sangiovese, Borden Ranch
    • Silver – 2014 Barbera, Barrel Reserve, Borden Ranch
    • Silver – 2014 Syrah, Barrel Reserve, Mokelumne River
  • Volcan Mountain Winery
    • Silver – 2015 Viognier, San Pasqual Valley
  • Witch Creek Winery
    • Gold, Best Teroldego – 2012 Teroldego, Heringer Vineyard, Clarksburg
    • Gold – 2013 Syrah, El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills
    • Silver – 2013 Zinfandel, El Dorado
    • Silver – 2013 Sangiovese, Valle de Guadalupe
  • Woof’n Rose Winery
    • Double Gold, Best of Ramona Valley AVA, Best Merlot – 2012 Merlot, Ramona Valley
    • Gold, Best Petit Verdot – 2012 Petit Verdot, Ramona Valley
    • Silver – 2012 Cabernet Franc, Ramona Valley
    • Silver – 2012 Grenache Noir, Ramona Valley
    • Silver – 2012 Eglantine, Ramona Valley
    • Silver – 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, Ramona Valley
  • 2Plank Vineyards
    • Silver – 2013 Solstice, Late Harvest, Sierra Foothills

About Us

The San Diego County Vintners Association (SDCVA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the extensive winegrowing community throughout San Diego County (excluding the Temecula region). With 115 wineries throughout the county, San Diego continues to gain attention from wine enthusiasts across the country who recognize its potential to become the next celebrated wine region. The SDCVA welcomes you to San Diego County – where California wine began. Visit www.sandiegowineries.org. Like us on Facebook.

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