Although no local wineries took top honors, Livermore wineries garnered an impressive nine Best of Class awards at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition featuring North American wines. Several others Livermore wines received Double Gold from the judges. There were more than 6,700 entries in this year’s competition.
Las Positas Winery earned four best of class awards, for its 2019 Albarino, 2019 Tempranillo, 2016 Red Blend-Tempranillo, and its 2019 Verdelho.
“We’re very pleased with the four Best of Class awards we received, especially considering all four of them are from somewhat unique varietals in this valley (and even in California),” said Las Positas winemaker Brent Amos. “They are 100% estate grown and bottled.”
Also, for the second year in a row, a Malbec from Livermore, this time from Wood Family Vineyards, made it to the Sweepstakes round to claim Best of Class. Las Positas took Best of Class for its Malbec last year.
Other Best of Class awards went to:
Rosa Fierro Cellars for its Zinfandel.
Dante Robere for its 2017 Estate Reserve Syrah.
Nottingham Cellars for its 2016 micro-lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ruby Hill Winery for its 2016 Jewel Collection Cabernet.
All wines were made from Livermore fruit.
From the 66 wines that made it to the Sweepstake round, the winners were:
Best Sparkling Wine – Breathless Wines for its Sonoma County Blanc de Noirs.
Best White – Trader Moon Wine Co. for its 2018 California Honey Moon.
Best Rose – Ferrari-Carano for its Sonoma County Dry Sangiovese Rose.
Best Red – deLorimer Winery for its Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
Best Specialty – Ferrante Winery for its Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (Best Dessert).
Prestigious Double Golds (where all the judges on a panel score a wine Gold), were awarded to:
Cellar 13 – 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dante Robere – 2016 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Darcie Kent – 2016 Stone Patch Cabernet Franc, 2018 Pistachio Lane Chardonnay.
Garré Vineyard & Winery – 2016 Profound Secret Red Blend-Cabernet Franc.
Las Positas – 2016 Reserve Cabernet, 2018 Dry Rosé, and 2016 Meritage.
McKahn Family Cellars – 2017 Petite Sirah.
Page Mill Winery – 2017 Red Blend-Sirah; 2017 Vintner’s Select Red Blend – Sirah.
Rubino Estates Winery – 2016 Reserve Estate Cabernet.
Ruby Hill – 2016 Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
TateDog – 2016 Livermore Valley Cabernet.
Wente Vineyards – 2018 Riva Ranch Chardonnay (Arroyo Seco)
Wood Family Vineyards – 2017 El Loco Rojo and 2017 Big Wood Zinfandel.
For winemaker Darin Winton of Cellar 13, it was his second straight year of Double Gold. As a fledgling brand, Winton said he feels honored to be recognized.
“Wine making is my passion and I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the Livermore Valley,” Winton said. “I’m so proud of our tightknit wine community, which once again took home some prestigious awards.”
To check out all the medal winners, go to https://winejudging.com.