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The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition culminates in a public tasting, held this year on Feb. 15. Image via SFCWC

published on January 14, 2020 - 2:47 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Several local wineries took best-of-class and double-gold honors at the most recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which took place this past weekend.

A total of 64 professional judges evaluated more than 6,8000 wines from more than 1,132 wineries as part of the annual competition.

Here’s a complete list of medal winners.

Cardella Winery in Mendota took best-of-class honors for its 2018 Rose of Sangiovese in a “Dry Rose/Blush” category, while its 2014 Sangiovese earned double gold, its 2014 Barbera won gold and its Pinot Grigio earned silver.

Oakhurst’s Idle Hour Winery also took best of class for its Blanc de Blanc, a double gold for its 2015 Tempranillo and silver for its 2016 Petit Verdot.

Madera’s CRŪ Winery was a big winner in the competition, earning a double-gold medal for its 2018 Edna Valley Albarino. Several of its Chardonnays won silver and gold medals, while its Pinot Noirs won silver and bronze medals. Its Viognier took a silver medal.

Madera’s Quady Winery also racked up medals, including its Starboard Batch 88, which earned best of class in the “Port” category. Three of its “Vya” labeled vermouths won bronze or silver in the “Distilled/Fortified” category. Its 2017 Black Muscat 100% won gold in a “Red Dessert” category. Its 2017 Orange Muscat 100% won silver in a “White Dessert/Late Harvest” category, as did its 2018 Red Electra in the “Other Sparkling” category.

Brockmeyer Family Wines near Easton earned a silver award in a “Dry Rose/Blush” category for its 2018 “Rose of Grenache” grown in Fresno County’s Cederquist Vineyard.

Fresno State Winery took a silver award in the “Alicante Bouschet” category for its 2017 vintage grown at Papagni Vineyard in Madera, and bronze in A “Dry Rose/Blush” category for its 2018 Grenache Rose grown in Lodi.

Toschi Vineyards earned a bronze in the “Cabernet Sauvignon $16-$19.99” category for its 2017 Cab grown in Madera.

A public tasting of award-winning wines will take place at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture Feb. 15.

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