Posts Tagged ‘Sonoma’

The 2016 North Coast Wine Challenge Celebration of Gold Medal winning wines on Sunday May 15th was a great hit! It was a lovely day to taste amazing wines and chef prepared foods among the redwoods at the Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center in Rohnert Park.

We would like to congratulate all the winning wineries on their award winning wines!

The North Coast Wine Challenge competition rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in the North Coast AVA’s including Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and parts of Solano County. Eligibility includes any bottled wine labeled with these AVA’s as their main source of grapes and whose winery is in California.

Sip California wineries took home a lot of gold medals, and it was a wonderful celebration.elb

Congratulations go to Sip California wineries, for these award winning wines!

Napa – Visit these Napa North Coast Challenge award winning wineries, with your Sip California Napa Wine Experience Card

Cairdean Vineyards   Suisun Valley     Best of Solano County     Riesling 90 points- A wonderful California Riesling that the consumer will love to indulge in.               Riesling 2014

Cairdean Vineyards    Napa Valley        Gold          Cabernet Sauvignon > $40.00     94 points- Irresistible sex kitten.                Cabernet Sauvignon       2012

Cairdean Vineyards      Suisun Valley     Gold       Riesling dry 0.0 – 0.9% rs                90 points- A wonderful California Riesling that the consumer will love to indulge in.              Riesling 2014

Rutherford Ranch Winery     Napa Valley        Gold        Sauvignon Blanc < $20.00           92 points- elegant, sophisticated, bright lovely notes. Carnival in glass. Fun and upbeat.     Sauvignon Blanc       2015

Silenus Vintners        Napa Valley        Gold           Cabernet Sauvignon > $75.00     91 points- an age worthy wine   Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon       2013








Sonoma – Visit these Sonoma North Coast Challenge award winning wineries, with your Sip California Sonoma Wine Experience Card

Balletto Vineyards & Winery  Russian River Valley      Gold         Pinot Noir > $40.00        92 points- wonderful bright mid palate. A giver – very generous wine.   Burnside Road Vineyard Pinot Noir    2014

Balletto Vineyards & Winery   Russian River Valley Gold        Pinot Noir > $40.00        92 points- this is the perfect acidic strawberry wine! bright, fresh & tangy  Cider Ridge Vineyard  Pinot Noir  2014

Balletto Vineyards & Winery    Russian River Valley        Gold         Pinot Gris/ Grigio           95 points- Straight up Awesome. Beautiful medley, beautiful medley, white peach, wet seashell, oysters please  Pinot Gris            2014

Balletto Vineyards & Winery   Russian River Valley        Gold          Pinot Noir > $20.00     91 points- elegant wine Pinot Noir                2014

Balletto Vineyards & Winery   Russian River Valley        Gold          Pinot Noir > $40.00      92 points- dark red fruit & fabulous length , nice finish, soft, perky   Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir  2014

Balletto Vineyards & Winery   Sonoma Coast   Gold       Russian River Valley        Gold         Pinot Noir > $40.00      96 points- nice dark rich finish. rich & Delicious/ sweet n’ spice; velvety Winery Block Pinot Noir                2014

Benziger Family Winery   Sonoma Coast   Gold            Pinot Noir > $75.00          94 points- smoked vanilla, inviting nose, pleasing balance between red and blue fruits, classic benchmark de Coelo Terra Neuma Pinot Noir             2013

Benziger Family Winery   Sonoma County           Gold      Merlot < $20.00                90 points- pleasant & varietal     Merlot  2013

Benziger Family Winery   Sonoma Valley  Gold        Red Bordeaux Type Blends > $40.00    95 points- The complete package!                Estate Biodynamic Tribute           2013

Imagery Estate Winery Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak  Gold     Italian Type Red Blends 97 points- Plush. pretty, perfect, pleasant treat. Bring on the Italian chef. A present for your palate.         Tusca Brava        2013

Imagery Estate Winery Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak  Gold      Other Red Varietals        92 points- Black cherry skin, black pepper, cured meat, sour cherry, tamarind.             Upper Ridge Teroldego 2013

Imagery Estate Winery  Sonoma Valley  Gold      Other Red Blends            92 points- classic Bordeaux blend             Pallas Estate Red        2013

Imagery Estate Winery  Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Gold      Other White Blends        93 points- Lemon candies, tart cherry character, intriguing, jasmine, fresh and lively, farm fresh.  Wow Oui   2015

Imagery Estate Winery  Sonoma Valley  Gold      Other White Varietals    91 points- wild spice with touch of dry ginger Chinese 5-spice                Albarino               2015

Pech Merle Winery   Dry Creek Valley               Gold          Zinfandel >$20.01            93 points- plum, ripe, creamy – opulent, super, classic, old school zin        Treborce Vineyard Zinfandel,     2013

Pech Merle Winery    Russian River Valley        Gold  Pinot Noir > $40.00          91 points- bright fruit – fruit forward, soft                Oehlman Vineyard Pinot Noir     2013

Pech Merle Winery      Dry Creek Valley               Gold         Viognier               91 points- one peachy stone fruit wine  Viognier                2015




Portalupi Wine Co.     Alexander Valley              Gold          Petite Sirah         93 points- Classic California style-grown petite.                Petite Sirah         2014



Lodi’s scores of tasting rooms easy to access

by Allen Matthews Friday, September 7, 2012

A generation ago, Lodi was evolving from its table-grape heritage into its wine-grape future. A handful of tasting rooms have transformed into an appellation with some 80 – and growing – spots to sample wines in the former Tokay capital. These include several pioneer Lodi families that have embraced the wine movement.

Downtown Lodi offers many tasting rooms, making it easy to sample, stroll and snack.

You can also buy a Sip California card … that provides tastings for two at nearly 20 outlets. Cards are available at wineries or at *Please Note: this article was published in 2012, offers may have changed.

Here is a look at a few places to try wines in Lodi:

Abundance Vineyards: Brothers Dino and Ron Mencarini began transforming family cornfields into vineyards in the 1960s. While some of the grapes come from other areas, most are from Lodi. The Tuscan-influenced building looks as if it had been part of the land for decades even though it is just 3 years old. Try three whites and six reds for $5; three sparkling pours for $3 or three reserve selections for $3. Sip California. Fees waived with the purchase of three bottles. 1150 W. Turner Road, Lodi; (209) 334-0274. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and by appointment.

 Estate Crush: This downtown tasting room showcases the wines it makes for grape growers who want their own wine, turning as little as a ton of grapes into one’s own label. Tours of the wine-making operation, which will have 85 labels by the end of the season, are available, but you can also sneak a peek on the side of the building. Taste three wines for $3. Fee waived with wine purchase. Sip California. 2 W. Lockeford St., Lodi; (209) 368-7595. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. or by appointment.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi: The Robert Mondavi name is so tied with the Napa Valley that most people don’t know that he grew up here (St. Anne’s; Lodi High). Woodbridge is the big kahuna of Lodi. It’s not quite on par with its cousins to the west or with some of the local boutique wineries, but it has volume and a name that reverberates. Woodbridge has a picnic area, and free tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sip California tasting levels are complimentary, $5 and $10, with four pours each. 5950 W. Woodbridge Road, Acampo; (209) 365-8139. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

Allen Matthews is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.