Oregon Wine Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars 2009 Chardonnay Wins Double Gold

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Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, an Oregon wine maker, vineyard and winery located in the Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon, proudly received a Double Gold award at the 2012 SF International Wine Competition.

Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, an Oregon wine maker, vineyard and winery located in the Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon, proudly received a Double Gold award at the 2012 SF International Wine Competition. The Double Gold Medal was given to the Pyrenees 2009 Chardonnay, an Oregon white wine with botanical aromas and a hint of oak. The 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition was conducted June 15th through June 17th at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. More than 4,500 wines were judged this year, the largest Competition in the 32-year history of the event.

According to Executive Director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Anthony Dias Blue, a listing of the top medals awarded will be featured in the August issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Double Gold medal winners like Pyrenees will be invited to participate in a 13-city tour sponsored by The Tasting Panel Magazine. Winners will receive an award certificate and a medallion in September.

Pyrenees is among a small group of Oregon wineries situated in the Umpqua Valley, an area of varied soil types. The rich diversity of landscapes and climates provide a wide range of conditions needed to produce an exciting array of grape varieties. The cooler valleys allow varietals such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling to flourish while the warmer valleys include Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Grenache.

According to Katie Shook, Manager at Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, the Umpqua Valley is Oregon’s most complex wine growing region. "We have a unique environment and soil chemistry here in the Umpqua Valley to support the growth of robust varietals. The Double Gold award from the SF International Wine Competition validates the region and Pyrenees ability to produce a world class wine from Southern Oregon. I expect to see many more award winning wines coming from Oregon in the future."

About Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars:
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, formed by the Apodaca family, pulls many of its influences from the Basque country of northern Spain where the Apodaca's heritage originated. Pyrenees brings many varietals from the finest Oregon grapes influenced by the textures of the rich soil, the abundant vegetation and mild climate of the Umpqua Valley. Two of the Pyrenees wineries sit along the Umpqua River in Southern Oregon surrounded by 30 acres of lush grapes and rolling hillsides. Pyrenees offers award winning Oregon wines to their wine club members and tasting room visitors at their two Oregon wineries. Their wines can also be found in outlets across California, Washington and Oregon and online at http://pyreneesvineyard.com.

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