The Reds Have It — Martin Ranch Winery Dazzles With Gold

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Five wines honored in renowned San Francisco Chronicle’s 2012 Wine Competition. Martin Ranch Winery dazzled wine judges once again at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with an impressive collection of stunning red wines. Each of the wines showcases the traits and attributes of the wine varietal, yet respectively possesses a distinctive character of its own. Husband and wife proprietors and winemakers, Thérèse and Dan Martin have garnered a total of five highest-ranking medals in this year’s world-renowned competition, with a Best of Class, two Double Gold and two Gold medals. The Martins’ wines have consistently shown well at this competition in past years, and the dynamic couple anxiously anticipate yet another year of producing a new vintage of more highly sought after wines. Their bucolic estate vineyard and winery are located in Northern California’s Santa Clara Valley, within the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation.

Proprietors Thérèse and Dan Martin at Martin Ranch Winery are not your typical husband and wife winemaking team. They share in the responsibilities of managing and operating the winery, along with the meticulous tending and care of their estate vineyards. But they each have their own brand — Thérèse, with her Thérèse Vineyards label, marked with the earthy image of a mythical goddess carrying fruit in a basket high over her head; and Dan, with his handsome J.D. Hurley label, emblazoned with his family’s circular “JDH” cattle brand. The medal-winning result of this melding of craft and chemistry: the character and personality of each of their wines perfectly mirrors the tastes and preferences of their creators.

Still recovering from the initial, but obviously pleasing shock of winning so much gold at this year’s Chronicle competition, Thérèse Martin recently said about her Best of Class 2008 Santa Clara Syrah, “Since the birth of this wine, it showed tremendous promise. Its viscosity and bouquet out of the press was just amazing . . . and once it went to barrel, she finished like a champ.”

Dan Martin, whose Gold Medal winning 2008 Santa Clara Merlot also recently received an outstanding 98-points and Double Gold Medal at the 2011 California State Fair, shared a footnote to what has made this and recent vintages of his Merlot so popular: “It’s 90% American oak and 10% French, aged 2 years in barrel, which gives it a slight kiss of vanilla-rich, rounded tannins, with fruit forward and full bodied flavor. Smells like Merlot, tastes like Merlot and is Merlot, at an affordable price.”

While each winemaker has the final call on what makes each wine stand alone, the couple also collaborates closely at all levels of the wine grape growing and winemaking process, bringing a rich harmony to what’s poured into every glass. An attribute sought after by many and found only by a few in today’s highly competitive world of wine.

Taste Martin Ranch Gold Medal Winning Wines at The Public Tasting in San Francisco

On Saturday, February 18th, from 2-5pm, Thérèse and Dan Martin will personally showcase and pour tastes of their gold medal winning wines at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center. Featured Martin Ranch wines at the prestigious tasting will include the following winners:

Best of Class — Thérèse Vineyards 2008 Syrah, Santa Clara Valley

Double Gold — Thérèse Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

Double Gold — Thérèse Vineyards 2009 Malbec, Santa Clara Valley

Gold — Thérèse Vineyards 2009 Carignane, Santa Clara Valley

Gold — J.D. Hurley 2008 Merlot, Santa Clara Valley

This year’s competition will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, which looms prominently in the spectacular view from Fort Mason on San Francisco Bay. With 5,500 entries in this year’s competition — it ranks as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World” — with medals bestowed by a distinguished group of seasoned wine judges. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is not only prestigious, but highly respected by members of the wine trade and consumers, with its resulting awards often referred to by wine buyers of all types when making their wine purchase decisions. Tickets for the tasting can be purchased at:

About Martin Ranch Winery — Tradition • Passion • Excellence

Martin Ranch Winery is nestled on 17 acres of rugged soil at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation, near Morgan Hill and Gilroy, California. Owners and winemakers, Thérèse and Dan Martin, recognized the promise the property offered when they planted their first vines, and have since nurtured outstanding fruit to produce wines with bold character and overwhelmingly popular and critical appeal. Roots of tradition, a passion for living and the desire for excellence are captured in every wine they make.

Martin Ranch wines are available at fine restaurants and wine merchants throughout California, and at the winery. The winery is located at 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy, CA 95020 and is open to the public for tasting the third weekend of each month. For more information, friendly and secure online sales, and directions to the winery, please call 408-842-9197, or visit

For more information about Martin Ranch Winery, to schedule interviews or to obtain reproduction-quality photographs of the Martins or the winery, please call Fred Gillaspy at: 831-438-2809, or email at: media(at)winemarketingworks(dot)com. Additional information about Martin Ranch Winery can also be found at Martin Ranch Winery.

© Copyright 2012 Martin Ranch Winery. Thérèse Vineyards is a registered trademark and Martin Ranch and J. D. Hurley are trademarks of Martin Ranch Winery. All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or registered marks of their respective companies.

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