SDCVA members Carruth Cellars, Fallbrook Winery, Gianni Buonomo Vintners and San Pasqual Winery awarded prestigious double gold medals

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 24, 2018 – Sixteen San Diego County Vintner Association (SDCVA) member wineries earned bronze, silver, gold and double gold medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for a grand total of 55 individual medals for wine.

The annual competition took place on January 9 – 12 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County. The event is considered the largest wine competition of American Wines in the world. Sixty-seven judges sampled 6,960 wines from 35 states to determine the best wines in the United States. The judges were selected throughout major American wine regions and come from a variety of fields within the wine industry including, trade, education, media, retail and hospitality.

“San Diego County is producing world class wines and these medals affirm the wine making talent throughout our region,” said SDCVA President Izaac Villalobos. “It’s also interesting to see the diversity in varietals among the medal winners. San Diego County has many micro-climates that enable a range of grape varieties to flourish – making our region an exciting place to grow fruit and make interesting wines.”

List of SDCVA member awards:

  • Altipiano Vineyard and Winery
    • Gold, Syrah/Shiraz, California Orfila Vineyard
    • Silver, Barbera, San Diego County
    • Bronze, Petite Sirah, Shenandoah Valley Deaver Vineyards and Altipiano Vineyard and Winery
  • Beach House Winery
    • Bronze, Syrah/Shiraz, South Coast
    • Bronze, Zinfandel, San Diego County
  • Carruth Cellars
    • Double Gold, Red Bordeaux, North Coast
    • Double Gold, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands Manzoni Vineyard
    • Double Gold, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Reynoso Vineyard
    • Gold, Syrah Dominant Blends, North Coast
    • Silver, Tempranillo, North Coast
    • Silver, Merlot, Alexander Valley Reynoso Vineyard
    • Silver, Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley Reynoso Vineyard
    • Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, Napa County Sebastiani Vineyard
    • Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Willowside
    • Bronze, Cabernet Franc, Chalk Hill Windsor Oaks
    • Bronze, Red Blends, North Coast
    • Bronze, Petit Verdot, Alexander Valley Jordan Vineyard
    • Bronze, Malbec, Sonoma County Kenwood
    • Bronze, Sangiovese, Paso Robles Solana Farms
    • Bronze, Sauvignon Blanc/Fume, Clear Lake
  • Coyote Oaks Vineyards
    • Bronze, Cabernet Dominant Blends, South Coast
    • Bronze, Tempranillo, San Bernardino County
  • Domaine Artefact Vineyard and Winery
    • Silver, White Dessert/Late Harvest, San Diego County
  • Fallbrook Winery
    • Double Gold, Merlot, South Coast
  • Gianni Buonomo Vintners
    • Double Gold, All Other Red Varietals, Sierra Foothills
    • Bronze, All Other Red Varietals, Rattlesnake Hills
  • Highland Valley Vineyards
    • Silver, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
    • Bronze, Red Bordeaux, San Diego County
  • Hill Top Winery
    • Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, San Diego County
    • Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, San Diego County
  • Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery
    • Gold, Italian Varietal Blends, San Diego County
    • Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, San Diego County
    • Silver, Chardonnay, San Diego County Hill Springs
    • Silver, Petite Sirah, San Diego County
    • Silver, Grenache Dominant Blends, San Diego County
    • Bronze, Malbec, San Diego County Hill Springs
    • Bronze, Fruit Sparkling, San Diego County
    • Bronze, Cabernet Franc, San Diego County
  • Koi Zen Cellars
    • Silver, Malbec, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Single Vineyard
    • Bronze, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County Barrel Aged
  • LJ Crafted Wines
    • Silver, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley Bird Rock
    • Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Confidant Vineyard
    • Silver, Sauvignon Blanc/Fume, Russian River Valley Patient Terrier Vineyard
    • Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Patient Terrier Vineyard
    • Bronze, Viognier, Alexander Valley Hoot Owl Vineyard
    • Bronze, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley Patient Terrier Vineyard
    • Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Omlin Vineyard
  • Négociant Winery
    • Silver, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, Templeton Gap
  • San Pasqual Winery
    • Double Gold, Cabernet Franc, San Diego County
    • Silver, Petit Verdot, Clarksburg
  • Solterra Winery
    • Gold, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Leonard Vyne
  • Woof ‘n Rose Winery
    • Silver, Grenache Dominant Blends, Ramona Valley
    • Silver, Cabernet Franc, Ramona Valley
    • Bronze, Red Bordeaux, Ramona Valley
    • Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ramona Valley

Click here to view the entire list of winners.


About the San Diego County Vintners Association

The San Diego County Vintners Association (SDCVA) is a non-profit trade association that supports the winemaking community throughout San Diego County (south of Temecula). With 116 artisan and family-owned wineries and vineyards throughout the County, and a wide range of microclimates allowing for cultivation of a wide variety of grape types, San Diego County wine country is extremely diverse. The ways to enjoy San Diego wine are diverse, too. From stylish urban wineries, to award-winning tasting rooms and picturesque vineyards, San Diego provides an array of ways to discover artisanal wines. Follow SDCVA on Facebook and Instagram.

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