A large group of San Diego beverage producers have brought home a pile of medals from a prestigious national competition, and this time we're not talking about beer.
The San Diego County Vintners Association reports that local wineries tallied 55 medals at the 2018 judging of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The awards haul included four gold medals and six double golds.
Sixteen wineries earned medals locally. The biggest individual haul went to Solana Beach winemaker Caruth Cellars, which earned 15 medals, including a gold and three double-golds.
Overall, 6960 wines representing 35 states competed at the annual competition, said to be the largest of its kind in the U.S. The merit-based competition judges each wine for quality, rating each of bronze, medal, or gold quality. Consequently, each of the 178 categories features multiple bronze, medal, golds, and even double-gold winners; and few fail to medal altogether. This year, more than 6200 of the total contest entries earned a bronze or better (about 90 percent).
Double-gold indicates that all judges to taste that wine were unanimous in rating it gold-medal quality.
Caruth won double-gold for a 2015 cabernet sauvignon, 2015 Bordeaux, and 2016 pinot noir. It earned gold for its Tattoo Red syrah blend.
The three other wineries recognized with double-golds were: Fallbrook Winery, for a 2012 merlot; Point Loma's Gianni Buonomo Vintners, for a 2014 Charbono (Italian red); and La Mesa's San Pasqual Winery, for a locally grown 2015 Cabernet Franc.
San Diego County Vintners Association reports the 55 collective medals this year were up from 39 local medals won last year. That count included 8 golds and a best of show for Shadow Mountain Vineyards (in Warner Springs).
Best of class is awarded to the best judged wine in that category. The biggest awards go to the sweepstakes winners: naming one wine each the best overall white, red, rosé, or sparkling wine in the entire competition.
See all local medal winners below. A full list of winners is [here].
Altipiano Vineyard and Winery
Gold, Syrah/Shiraz, California Orfila Vineyard
Silver, Barbera, San Diego County
Bronze, Petite Sirah, Shenandoah Valley, Deaver Vineyards and Altipiano
Vineyard and Winery
Beach House Winery
Bronze, Syrah/Shiraz, South Coast
Bronze, Zinfandel, San Diego County
Double Gold, Red Bordeaux, North Coast
Double Gold, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Manzoni Vineyard
Double Gold, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Reynoso Vineyard
Gold, Syrah Dominant Blends, North Coast
Silver, Tempranillo, North Coast
Silver, Merlot, Alexander Valley, Reynoso Vineyard
Silver, Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley, Reynoso Vineyard
Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, Napa County, Sebastiani Vineyard
Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Willowside
Bronze, Cabernet Franc, Chalk Hill, Windsor Oaks
Bronze, Red Blends, North Coast
Bronze, Petit Verdot, Alexander Valley, Jordan Vineyard
Bronze, Malbec, Sonoma County, Kenwood
Bronze, Sangiovese, Paso Robles, Solana Farms
Bronze, Sauvignon Blanc/Fume, Clear Lake
Coyote Oaks Vineyards
Bronze, Cabernet Dominant Blends, South Coast
Bronze, Tempranillo, San Bernardino County,
Domaine Artefact Vineyard and Winery
Silver, White Dessert/Late Harvest, San Diego County
Double Gold, Merlot, South Coast
Gianni Buonomo Vintners
Double Gold, All Other Red Varietals, Sierra Foothills
Bronze, All Other Red Varietals, Rattlesnake Hills
Highland Valley Vineyards
Silver, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Bronze, Red Bordeaux, San Diego County
Hill Top Winery
Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, San Diego County
Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, San Diego County
Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery
Gold, Italian Varietal Blends, San Diego County
Silver, Syrah/Shiraz, San Diego County
Silver, Chardonnay, San Diego County, Hill Springs
Silver, Petite Sirah, San Diego County
Silver, Grenache Dominant Blends, San Diego County
Bronze, Malbec, San Diego County, Hill Springs
Bronze, Fruit Sparkling, San Diego County
Bronze, Cabernet Franc, San Diego County
Koi Zen Cellars
Silver, Malbec, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Single Vineyard
Bronze, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, Barrel Aged
LJ Crafted Wines
Silver, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, Bird Rock
Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Confidant Vineyard
Silver, Sauvignon Blanc/Fume, Russian River Valley, Patient Terrier
Silver, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Patient Terrier Vineyard
Bronze, Viognier, Alexander Valley, Hoot Owl Vineyard
Bronze, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Patient Terrier Vineyard
Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valle,y Omlin Vineyard
Silver, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, Templeton Gap
San Pasqual Winery
Double Gold, Cabernet Franc, San Diego County
Silver, Petit Verdot, Clarksburg
Gold, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Leonard Vyne
Woof ’n Rose Winery
Silver, Grenache Dominant Blends, Ramona Valley
Silver, Cabernet Franc, Ramona Valley
Bronze, Red Bordeaux, Ramona Valley
Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ramona Valley