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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][1].

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

Carruth Cellars

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

Fallbrook Winery

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

Vineyard

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

Négociant Winery

Silver, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, Templeton Gap

San Pasqual Winery

Double Gold, Cabernet Franc, San Diego County

Silver, Petit Verdot, Clarksburg

Solterra Winery

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

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