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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
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 sipcalifornia.com. *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. abundancevineyards.com. 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. estatecrush.com. 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. woodbridgewines.com. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.
Allen Matthews is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. email@example.com