published on January 24, 2017 - 4:18 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Madera’s Cru Wine Co. and Mendota’s Cardella Winery made a strong showing at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition earlier this month, even snatching double-gold awards.


The double-gold denotes a unanimous gold rating from a five-member judging panel, said Ken Post, Cru winemaker.

The double-gold winning 2014 Tempranillo, made from grapes sourced in Paso Robles, is produced under Cru’s Mariposa label.

Mendota’s Cardella Winery won double-gold for its 2012 Syrah as well as a gold medal for its 2012 Ruby Cabernet, and two gold medals for its 2012 and 2013 Sangiovese.

Cru also took a gold award for a 2015 Chardonnay, as well as silver awards for its 2014 Chardonnay and 2014 Pinot Noir, while another 2015 Chardonnay won bronze.

Cru’s Post said the San Francisco Wine Competition is one of the largest wine competitions in the U.S., with 7,000 entries.

Several local wineries took medals during the competition.

“We’re very pleased with the showing from the whole Valley. We’re really happy to see so many in the Central Valley did so well,” Post said. “It shows wines made right here in our own backyard are getting accolades.”

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