Wednesday, May 30, 2007

2007 Pacific Rim & Riverside International Competition Results

We were recently asked why we publish competition results which would seem to contradict our policy of urging consumers to drink what they like, not what others recommend. The short answer: I enjoy reading how east coast and midwestern wineries fare against West Coast wines. I hope you do too. Thus, here are results from the 2007 Pacific Rim Wine Competition and the 2007 Riverside International Wine Competition.

2007 Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Gold/Best of Class
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves (CA): Blanc de Blancs 2003
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves (CA): Blanc de Noir NV
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves (CA): Sonoma Brut NV
Wyndham Estate (AU): Sparkling Chardonnay NV
Drytown Cellars (CA): Red -On-Red
Red Zeppelin Winery (CA): 2005 Black Zeppelin
Montevina (CA): 2005 Barbera
Biltmore Estate Winery (NC): Cabernet Franc NV
Monte Xanic (MX): 2002 Gran Ricardo
Little Boomey (AU): 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
J. Lohr Estates (CA): 2005 Seven Oaks, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Gordon Brothers Cellars (WA): 2005 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Jekel Vineyards (CA): 2004 Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon
J. Lohr Estates (CA): 2004 Hilltop Vineyard, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
ZD Wines (CA): 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Forest Glen Reserve (CA): 2003 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Eaton Hill Winery (WA): 2003 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Askerne Estate (NZ): 2004 Hawke's Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cab Sauvignon/Cab Franc
Windsor Vineyards (CA): 2004 North Coast Meritage
Peter Vella (CA): NV Merlot
Hahn Estates (CA): 2005 Monterey Merlot
Hook & Ladder Winery (CA): 2005 Russian River Valley Merlot
Raymond Vineyard (CA): 2004 R Collection California Merlot
V. Sattui Winery (CA): 2004 Napa Valley Merlot
Camelot Winery (CA): 2003 California
Bianchi Vineyards (CA): 2004 Paso Robles Syrah
Church & State Wines (BC): 2005 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir
Baileyana Winery (CA): Pinot Noir 2005 Grand Firepeak Cuvee, Edna Valley
Willowbrook Cellars (CA): 2004 Russian River Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir
V. Sattui Winery (CA): 2006 California White Zinfandel
Handley Cellars (CA): 2006 Mendocino County Pinot Rose
Chateau Reynella (AU): 2004 McLaren Vale Grenache
Little Boomey (AU): Shiraz 2006 South Australia
Kendall-Jackson Vineyards (CA): 2005 Vintner's Reserve Syrah
Michael Pozzan Winery (CA): 2005 Napa Valley Syrah
Wyndham Estate (AU): 2004 Bin 555 Shiraz
Eberle Winery (CA): 2004 Paso Robles, Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah
Bridge Pa Vineyards (NZ): 2004 Louis Syrah
Eberle Winery (CA): 2005 Cotes-du-Robles
Fetzer Vineyards (CA): 2005 Valley Oaks Zinfandel
Victor Hugo (CA): 2005 Paso Robles, Estate Zinfandel
Rancho Zabaco Winery (CA): 2004 Heritage Vines Zinfandel
Rodney Strong Vineyards (CA): 2004 Knotty Vines Zinfandel
Trecini (CA): 2004 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Vina Robles Winery (CA): 2004 Paso Robles Red 4
Breitenbach Winey (OH): NV Frost Fire
Stone Hill Winery (MO): 2006 Steinberg White
Jacob's Creek Wines (AU): 2005 Chardonnay Reserve
Glen Carlou (South Africa): Chardonnay 2005 Paarl, South Africa
ZD Wines (CA): 2005 Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Covey Run (WA): 2005 Columbia Valley Chardonnay
Willowbrook Cellars (CA): 2004 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Devil's Lair (AU): 2005 Fifth Leg White
Windsor Vineyards (CA): 2006 Chenin Blanc
Navarro Vineyards (CA): 2005 Gewurztraminer 2005 California, Cuvee Traditional
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery (BC): 2006 Private Reserve Gewurztraminer
Anthony Road Wine Company (NY) 2006 Finger Lakes Riesling
Ferrante Winery (OH): 2005 Grand River Valley Riesling
Brassfield Estate (CA): 2005 Late Harvest Johannisberg Riesling
Duck Walk Vineyard (NY): 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
Miramonte Winery (CA): 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
Peter Lehmann Wines (AU): 2005 Barossa Valley Semillon
Navarro Vineyards (CA): 2005 Anderson Valley Muscat Blanc
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi (CA): 2005 California Muscat
Hester Creek Estate Winery (BC): 2006 Okanagan Valley Pinot Blanc
Norman Vineyards (CA): 2006 Santa Barbara County Pinot Grigio
Breitenbach Winey (OH): NV America Viognier
Rabbit Ridge (CA): 2005 Paso Robles Viognier
Callaway Winery (CA): 2005 Temecula Roussanne
Oak Knoll Winery (OR): NV Niagara
Montelle Winery (MO): 2006 Seyval Blanc
Dr. Konstantin Frank (NY): 2006 Rkatsiteli
Andeluna Cellars (Argentina): 2006 Winemakers Selection Torrante's
Ackerman Winery (IA): 2006 Red Raspberry
Navarro Vineyards (CA): 2005 Anderson Valley White Riesling
Leelanau Cellars (MI): Cherry
Leonesse Cellars (CA): 2003 Tucalota Vineyard Cinsault Port
Rancho de Philo NV Triple Cream Sherry



2007 Riverside International Wine Competition
Value Winery of the Year - Concannon Vineyard (CA)

Sweepstakes Awards
Sweepstakes Sparkling Wine: Mumm Napa (CA) - NV Methode Champenoise Brut
Sweepstakes Rose Wine: Barnard Griffin Winery (WA) - 2006 Sangiovese Rose
Sweepstakes White Wine: Chateau Lafayette Reneau (NY) - 2006 Johannisberg Riesling
Sweepstakes Red Wine: Victor Hugo (CA) - 2005 Estate Zinfandel
Sweepstakes Dessert Wine: Navarro Vineyards (CA) - 2005 Navarro Vineyards Muscat, Late-Harvest Cluster Select (Blanc)

Chairman's Award (Unanimous Gold)
Michael~David Winery (CA): 2004 Earthquake Syrah
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery (CA): 2003 Merlot
Rutherford Wine Company (CA): 2005 Grand Pacific Starliner Red
Breitenbach Wine Cellars (OH): NV Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Navarro Vineyards (CA): 2005 Late-Harvest Riesling
Foster's Wine Estates (AU): 2006 Lindemans Shiraz
Foster's Wine Estates (NZ): 2006 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates (CA): 2004 Mt Veeder Highland Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Concannon Vineyards (CA): 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
Weibel Family Wine Group (CA): 2005 Mendocino Chardonnay
Pilot Peak Vineyard & Winery (CA): 2005 Paramour
Spangler Vineyards (OR): 2005 Sundown Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Mumm Napa (CA): Brut Prestige NV
Maurice Carrie Winery (CA): 2006 Muscat
Windsor Vineyards (CA): 2004 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Windsor Vineyards (CA): 2006 Mendocino County Semillon
Carneros Creek Winery (CA): 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir
Chalet Debonne (OH): 2006 Riesling
Red Newt Cellars (NY): 2005 Cabernet Franc
Astrale E Terra (CA): 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Peninsula Cellars (MI): 2005 Gewurztraminer
Pedroncelli Winery (CA): 2006 Dry Creek Valley Vintage Selection
Yangarra Estate Vineyard (AU): 2005 Shiraz
Swedish Hill Winery (NY): NV Concord
Swedish Hill Winery (NY): 2005 Late Harvest Vignoles
Vinum Cellars (CA): 2006 Chenin Blanc
Quail Creek Cellars: 2002 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Baldwin Vineyards (NY): Raspberry
V. Sattui Winery (CA): 2005 Napa Valley Sattui Family
Silver Mountain Vineyards (CA): 2004 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
WineSmith (CA): 2004 Cabernet Franc
Madrona Vineyards (CA): 2004 El Dorado Reserve, Estate
Baileyana Winery (CA): 2005 Edna Valley Chardonnay
Trinchero Family Estates (CA): 2004 Napa Valley Main Street Cabernet Sauvignon
Trinchero Family Estates (CA): 2004 Napa Valley Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon
Trinchero Family Estates (CA): 2006 Montevina Pinot Gris
Carol Shelton Wines (CA): 2006 Rendezvous Rose
Black Star Farms (MI): 2006 Riesling
Renteria (CA): 2005 Carneros Pinto Noir
Cline Cellars (CA): 2005 Contra Costa Mourvedre
Cosentino Winery (CA): 2005 Lodi Tempranillo
Cosentino Winery (CA): 2005 California Chardonnay
Sunset Cellars (CA): 2003 Twin Creeks Vineyard Barbera
Cosentino Winery (CA): 2005 California White Meritage
Geyser Peak Winery (CA): 2005 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
Granite Springs Winery (CA): 2004 Estate Zinfandel
Granite Springs Winery (CA): 2004 Petite Syrah
Wattle Creek Winery (CA): 2003 Alexander Valley Syrah
Barboursville Vineyards (VA): 2006 Pinot Gris
Fess Parker Winery (CA): 2005 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
Jackson Family Farms (CA): 2004 Mendocino Zinfandel
Jackson Family Farms (CA): 2003 Sonoma Merlot
Fox Run Vineyards (NY) 2005 Dry Riesling
Chateau Lafayette Reneau (NY): 2005 Finger Lakes Chardonnay
Galleano Winery (CA): 2000 Zinfandel Port
Ste. Chapelle Winery (ID): 2005 Merlot
St. James Winery (MO): Niagara (Country White)
St. James Winery (MO): 2005 Late Harvest Chardonel
Brandt Family Winery (CA): 2005 Santa Barbara Syrah
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (NY): 2006 Off-Dry Riesling
Chrysalis Vineyards (VA): 2005 Barrel Select Norton
Mount Palomar Winery (CA): 2003 Temecula Valley Meritage

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