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2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results

by ECT
Contra Costa Wines

The winegrowers of Contra Costa County showed off their skills this month at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition where the walked away with many medals and many wines you will want to try this year.

Bloomfield Vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Serendipity Cellars (chardonnay) scored high honors with double gold.  Bloomfield also took home a gold for the Devils Daughters white blend.

Meanwhile, Campos Family Vineyards nabbed a gold, Favalora Vineyards Winery scored 2 golds, and Rosenblum Cellars received a gold for its red dessert wine. Contra Costa County scored several more silver and bronze medals.

Photo by Serendipity Cellars

Michelle Lucay of Serendipity Cellars explained how these were the very first wines made at their new facility and were pleased all five were winners.  Since 2015, the Lucay’s had been trying to get bonded in the City of Brentwood, but ultimately had to purchase a property on Chestnut Street where they could get bonded.

“This was the biggest competition we have entered and we did very well. The chardonnay will be available in March or April,” explained Lucay. “When we reopen after construction on March 4 we will be open on Fridays and Saturdays with food trucks nights and entertainment as well as flight tastings by reservations. We are excited but icing on the cake is the competition results.”

She explained how the chardonnay (double gold winner) is a smooth drink.

“It’s an easy drinker and we have converted beer drinkers to wine drinkers with this chardonnay as it has a nice citrus finish, no butter on the pallet due to mixture of oak barrel and stainless steel aging. By separating it, we were able to get fruit forward and get the crisp apple, nectarine and citrus finish which is nice and vibrant on your pallet,” said Lucay.  “We are so excited for the community to try it.”

Photo by Frank Favalora

Frank Favalora of Favalora Vineyards Winery was thrilled with his two golds from grapes that were out of the City of Oakley. He earned gold for his Carignan/Carignane and the Mourvedre.

“Both are from 100-year-old vines from the Del Barba Vineyard on Rose Avenue in the City of Oakley,” explained Favalora. “People love it as my concentration is on making good wine people can enjoy.”

He explained how his Carignan is a Spanish varietal that is used as a traditional Rose grape, however, because it takes longest to ripen, they are typically picked earlier due to acid profile and color. However, because of the weather in Oakley, the hot weather growing season is ideal for the grape to ripen completely to make red wine with—this wine is paired well with pastas.

“Everybody loves our grapes from Oakley throughout California, and everyone buys them,” said Favalora. “We sold a bunch of grapes to Temecula this year because they had an issue. Napa and Sonoma have bought them. Everyone loves Oakley grapes because its very unique and I think people would be very surprised at just how many wines our grapes are in. The future is going to unfold well for Oakley as a wine region.”

Here is a look at Contra Costa County Wines

Bloomfield Vineyards

Bloomfield VineyardsCACab Sauv – $50.00 – $54.992019San Francisco BayCabernet Sauvignon$53.00Double Gold
Bloomfield VineyardsCAWhite Blends – $28.00 and Over2020Contra Costa CountyDevils Daughters$35.00Gold

Campos Family Vineyards

Campos Family VineyardsCARed Blend: Petite Sirah leading blend2018Contra Costa CountyBig Red Estate Blend$34.00Gold
Campos Family VineyardsCARed Blend: Cabernet Franc leading blend2017Contra Costa CountyReserve Estate Blend$39.00Silver
Campos Family VineyardsCARose SparklingNVContra Costa CountySparkling Rose$39.00Silver
Campos Family VineyardsCACab Franc – $30.00 – $39.992019Contra Costa CountyCabernet FrancJudah Estate$38.00Bronze

Carol Shelton Wines

Carol Shelton WinesCAZinfandel – $26.00 – $28.992019Contra Costa CountyZinfandelOakley Zin$28.00Silver

Dante Robere Vineyards

Dante Robere VineyardsCACarignan/Carignane2018Contra Costa CountyCarignane$39.00Silver

Ehrenberg Cellars

Ehrenberg CellarsCACarignan/Carignane2016Contra Costa CountyCarignaneSchmidt wines$46.00Bronze

Favalora Vineyards Winery

Favalora Vineyards WineryCACarignan/Carignane2019Contra Costa CountyCarignane$34.00Gold
Favalora Vineyards WineryCAMourvedre2019Contra Costa CountyMourvedreMataro$30.00Gold
Favalora Vineyards WineryCADry Rose/Blush Blend – RS 02020Contra Costa CountyRoseRose de Sophia$26.00Silver
Favalora Vineyards WineryCAZinfandel – $26.00 – $28.992019Contra Costa CountyZinfandel$28.00Silver
Favalora Vineyards WineryCACarignan/Carignane2018Contra Costa CountyCarignane$35.00Bronze
Favalora Vineyards WineryCAZinfandel – $32.00 – $34.992017Contra Costa CountyZinfandel$32.00Bronze

Hannah Nicole Vineyards

Hannah Nicole VineyardsCACab Sauv – $42.00 – $45.992018Contra Costa CountyCabernet SauvignonPremiere Level; Reserve$44.00Silver
Hannah Nicole VineyardsCADry Rose/Blush – RS 02020Contra Costa CountyMt. Diablo Vin GrisPremiere Level$32.00Silver
Hannah Nicole VineyardsCARed Blend: Cab Sauv leading blend – $35.00 – $44.992018Contra Costa CountyBalfour – MeritagePremiere Level$44.00Bronze
Hannah Nicole VineyardsCARed Blend: Grenache leading blend – $30.00 and Over2018Contra Costa CountyRed WineMt. Diablo$42.00Bronze
Hannah Nicole VineyardsCAViognier – $27.00 and Over2020Contra Costa CountyViognierMt Diablo$36.00Bronze

M.A.D. Dashe

M.A.D. DasheCAZinfandel – $29.00 – $31.992019Contra CostaZinfandel$29.99Silver

Rosenblum Cellars

Rosenblum CellarsCARed Dessert – RS >3.52017Contra Costa CountyRosie Rabbit$36.00Gold
Rosenblum CellarsCAPetite Sirah – $35.00 – $39.992017Contra Costa CountyPetite Sirah$38.00Silver

Serendipity Cellars

Serendipity CellarsCAChardonnay – $29.00 – $32.992020Contra Costa CountyChardonnay$30.00Double Gold
Serendipity CellarsCASauvignon Blanc/Fume – $20.00 – $ 25.992020Contra Costa CountySauvignon Blanc$24.00Silver
Serendipity CellarsCAVermentino2020Contra Costa CountyVermentino$28.00Silver
Serendipity CellarsCAZinfandel – $39.00 – $41.992020Contra Costa CountyZinfandel$39.00Silver
Serendipity CellarsCADry Rose/Blush – RS .001 – .0992020Contra Costa CountyRose$26.00Bronze

Vino Godfather

Vino GodfatherCAZinfandel – $42.00 – $47.992016Contra Costa CountyZinfandelFavalora$45.00Silver
Vino GodfatherCAZinfandel – $48.00 to $59.992016Contra CostaZinfandelSt. Peter’s Church Clone$50.00Bronze

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2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Medal Winners

Cloverdale, CA, January 14, 2022 – There were over forty-eight judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating 5,816 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries for the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Bob Fraser, SFCWC executive director, says, “The response from the wineries of North America at our 2022 competition was outstanding.  Sweepstakes awards hail from California, Washington and Georgia.

2022 SFCWC Sweepstake Medal Winners

The American AgCredit Medal Winners are as follows:

  • Sparkling Sweepstake Winner: Gloria Ferrer 2014 Royal Cuvee Los Carneros, California $58.00
  • White Sweepstake Winner: Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2020 Viognier Lodi, California $30.00
  • Rosé Sweepstake Winner: Barnard Griffin 2021 Rose of Sangiovese Columbia Valley, Washington $14.00
  • Red Sweepstake Winner: Landmark Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard Santa Rita Hills, California $60.00
  • Specialty Sweepstake Winner: Chateau Elan Winery 2017 Bianco Riserva American, Georgia $50.00
  • Packaging Sweepstake Winner: m2 Wines 2019 Patina Red Blend Mokelumne River, California $49.00

For a full list of wineries and winners, click here.

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harold banks Jan 30, 2022 - 11:28 am

How come none of the walnut creek wineries are on the list? Went to shadowbrook yesterday and had incredible views and good to great wines!!

ECT Jan 30, 2022 - 11:32 am

Hi Harold, did not see them on the list. Likely they did not enter anything. Some local wineries out here did not even enter either. But you are right, Shadowbrook has awesome views and a nice setup.

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