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Mendocino County Wines Wins “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World”

On January 6, in Cloverdale, California the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was held. There were 5,500 wines submitted for this years competition.

Originally founded in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition. The first competition was modest in size. 15 wineries entered 45 wines, with a single panel of 5 judges awarded 30 medals.

The competition rapidly grew in the 1990′s to over 100 wineries. Eligibility was increased to include wineries in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino. It was renamed the Tri-County Wine Competition. Later on the competition expanded to the entire North Coast Appellation. The areas included all wineries in the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Solano and Marin. It was called the California North Coast Wine Competition. In 2000, the San Francisco Chronicle became the naming sponsor of the competition with the Cloverdale Citrus Fair remaining the host, becoming the producer of the new San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The 2001 competition was limited to Northern California but was expanded to the full state of California from 2002-2004. The 2004 competition had over 2,500 entries from 565 California wineries.

In 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle Competition expanded the wine competition to include California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho for the 2005 competition. The total wine entries for the 2005 competition was over 3,200 wine entries which made the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition the largest wine competition of American wines in the world. In 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition expanded its geographical base nationally.

We would like to mention this years, Mendocino County winery winners.

Double Gold Medal Winners:

  1. McNab Ridge Winery 2009 Petite Sirah
  2. Patianna 2009 Chardonnay
  3. Parducci Wine Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Terra Savia 2007 Blanc de Blancs

Gold Medals:

  1. Campovida 2010 Viognier
  2. Cesar Toxqui Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. Frey 2010 Zinfandel
  4. Handley Cellars 2010 Chardonnay
  5. Jaxon Keys 2009 Farmhouse Red
  6. McNab Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  7. Navarro 2010 Navarrouge
  8. Philo Ridge 2009 Viognier
  9. Simaine 2009 Sangiovese
  10. Terra Savia 2010 Brut Rouge
  11. Topel 2006 Meritage
  12. Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
  13. Paul Dolan Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay
  14. Paul Dolan Vineyards 2009 Zinfandel

Silver Medals:

  1. Albertina Wine Cellars
  2. Barra of Mendocino
  3. Bliss
  4. Bonterra
  5. Brutocao Cellars
  6. Cesar Toxqui Cellars
  7. Handley Cellars
  8. Husch Vineyards
  9. Jaxon Keys
  10. Jeriko
  11. Kendall-Jackson
  12. McNab Ridge
  13. Navarro
  14. Parducci Wine Cellars
  15. Patianna
  16. Paul Dolan Vineyards
  17. Rivino
  18. Saracina Vineyards
  19. Simaine
  20. Topel
  21. Weibel
  22. Whaler Vineyard

Bronze Medals:

  1. Bliss
  2. Bonterra
  3. Brutocao Cellars
  4. Claudia Springs
  5. Husch
  6. Jaxon Keys
  7. Jeriko
  8. Navarro
  9. Parducci Wine Cellars
  10. Patianna
  11. Paul Dolan Vineyards
  12. Philo Ridge
  13. Simaine Cellars
  14. Topel
  15. Weibel
  16. Whaler Vineyard
  17. Yorkville Cellars

Congratulations to all of our Mendocino wineries.

We have many of these wines on our wine list. Come stay, dine and enjoy yourself here at Stevenswood.

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