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Yribarren Family Vineyards of Kerman was a big winner in the annual San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. Image contributed

published on January 25, 2018 - 1:33 PM
Written by David Castellon

Nine wineries in Fresno and Madera counties are among the recipients of gold, silver and bronze medals — as well as one best-in-class award — from the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

A total of 6,960 entries from 35 states were tasted over three days earlier this month by 67 independent judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality industries who traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best U.S. wines.

Awards were given out in a wide list of categories based on the different wine varietals and their retail costs. A total of 173 received best-in-class awards, among them Yribarren Family Vineyards in Kerman for its $13 California Cabernet Sauvignon.

The winery also received a bronze medal for it $13 2015 Central Valley San Joaquin River Syrah and a gold medal for its $13 2015 Central Valley Tempranillo.

Fresno State’s winery was awarded a silver medal for its $9.95 California San Joaquin Chardonnay.

The Valley winery taking home the most awards was Madera’s Toca Madera Winery, which received a bronze, five silver and one gold medal.

Tying for second for the most awards were Oakhurst’s Idle Hour Winery, which received four bronze and two silver medals, and Quady Winery in Madera, which received a bronze, three silver and two double-gold medals.

Papagni Winery and San Joaquin Wine Co. in Madera, Moravia Wines and Engelman Cellars in Fresno and Cardella Winery in Mendota each had a wine entry that received a single gold medal from the judges.

A public tasting of many of the winning wines will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. Tickets, which cost $70 in advance and $95 at the door, can be purchased online at www.winejudging.com.

Here is the list of Valley-produced wines that received awards in the wine competition:

 

Fresno County

– Cardella Winery Chardonnay – $16 – 17.99 2016 California Sofia’s Vineyard Chardonnay $17 — Silver

– Cardella Winery Dry Rose/Blush – RS 0 2016 Central Valley Vineyard 22 Dry Rosato $17 — Gold

– Cardella Winery Albarino 2016 Central Valley Hunters Vineyard Albarino $17 — Silver              

– Fresno State Winery Chardonnay – $0 – $9.99 2016 California San Joaquin Chardonnay $9.95 — Silver

– Engelmann Cellars – $40 and above 2015 Central Valley Cabernet Franc $44 – Bronze

– Engelmann Cellars – $36 – $38.99 2015 Central Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $38 — Gold

– Engelmann Cellars – $0 – $24.99 2015 California Gravel Pit Syrah $22 — Bronze

– Yribarren Family Vineyards –$12 – $14.99 2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon $13 — Best of Class

– Yribarren Family Vineyards Syrah/Shiraz – $0 – $24.99 2015 Central Valley San Joaquin River Syrah $13 — Bronze

– Yribarren Family Vineyards Tempranillo – $0 – $29.99 2015 Central Valley Tempranillo $13 — Gold

– Moravia Wines — 2016 Central Valle Moscat — Gold

– Moravia Wines — 2016 White Native American/hybrid — Silver

– Moravia Wines — $30 and above 2013 All Other Red Blend — Silver

– Moravia Wines — $19-$22.99 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon — Bronze

Madera County

– Idle Hour Tempranillo – $30 and above 2014 Clarksburg Winemaker’s Reserve; Heringer Vineyard Tempranillo $32.00 — Bronze                                             

– Idle Hour Tempranillo – $0 – $29.99 2014

Clarksburg Heringer Vineyard Tempranillo $26 — Silver

– Idle Hour Tannat 2016 Clarksburg Heringer Estate Vineyard Tannat $28 — Silver                                    

– Idle Hour Petit Verdot 2015 Clarksburg Heringer Vineyard Petit Verdot $28 — Bronze                               

– Idle Hour Cab Franc – $30 – 39.99 2015 Clarksburg Cabernet Franc $32 — Bronze

– Idle Hour Pinot Noir – $36 – $39.99 2015 Arroyo Seco Clone 828; Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir $36 — Bronze

– Papagni Wines White Dessert/Late Harvest – 2016 None Muscat of Alexandria $17 — Silver

– Papagni Wines Italian Varietal Blends 2015 Madera Nero d’Avola $22 — Bronze                                                    

– Papagni Wines Cab Sauv – $23 – $26.99 2015 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon $24 — Gold             

– Papagni Wines Alicante Bouschet 2015 Madera Alicante Bouschet $25 — Silver      

– Papagni Wines Pinot Gris/Grigio – $0 – $ 14.99 2015 California Pinot Grigio $14 — Silver      

– Quady Winery Distilled/Fortified NV California Palomino Fino $30 — Silver

– Quady Winery Port – Up to $32.99 NV California Starboard Batch 88 $24.99 — Silver      

– Quady Winery Red Dessert – 2016 California Red Electra $14.99 – Bronze  

– Quady Winery Red Dessert – 2015 California Elysium $24.99 — Double gold        

– Quady Winery White Dessert/Late Harvest – 2016 California Electra $14.99 — Double gold

– Quady Winery CA White Dessert/Late Harvest – 2015 California Essensia $24.99 – Silver

– Toca Madera Distilled/Fortified 2014 Madera Dulce Vida $32 — Silver        

– Toca Madera Red Dessert – RS >3.5 2016 Madera Dulce Rojo $24 — Silver

– Toca Madera Malbec – $0 – $29.99 2015 Madera Malbec $24.00 Bronze                                                                   

– Toca Madera Zinfandel – $20 – $23.99 2015 Madera Zinfandel —Silver      

– Toca Madera A Dry Rose/Blush – RS 0 2016 Madera California Mirame Rose $17 — Gold                               

– Toca Madera White Blends – $20 to $29.99 2016 Madera Contigo $22 — Silver                                                     

– Toca Madera Marsanne 2015 Madera Marsanne $35 —Silver- Toca Madera Muscat 2016 Madera Toca Madera Vineyard Moscato Giallo $17 — Silver         

– Toca Madera Winery Syrah Dominant Blends $30.00 and above 2014 Madera Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre $32 —Bronze

– San Joaquin Wine Co. (under the “Toschi Vineyards” label) – Up to $11.99 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14 — Gold.

-San Joaquin Wine Co. (under the “Toschi Vineyards” label) – Up to $14.99 California Pinot Noir — Bronze

– San Joaquin Wine Co. (under the “Toschi Vineyards” label) — Dry/Sweet Rose/Blush – Silver

– San Joaquin Wine Co. (under “Epix” label) – Up to $29,99 Cabernet Dominant Blends — Silver

-San Joaquin Wine Co. (under the “Paul Lorry” label — $15-$14.99 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noir – Silver

 

 

               

 


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