PlacerGROWN wineries harvest 50 awards from the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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Wineries in Placer County earn two Double Gold, four Gold, 22 Silver and 22 Bronze medals

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Placer County regional wineries are honored to receive recognition in the company of other great American vintners -- Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN

Coming from a region with a rich tradition in winemaking, Placer County Wine Trail wineries have much to celebrate. For the second year in a row, regional wineries won 50 awards at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world, this year’s event received a record 6,417 entries. The competition’s judges included over 80 wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries.

“Placer County regional wineries are honored to receive recognition in the company of other great American vintners,” says Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN.

Placer County 2015 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition winners include:

  • Bear River Winery: One silver and one bronze medal
  • Ciotti Cellars: Two silver and one bronze medal
  • Davis Dean Cellars: Two bronze medals
  • Dono dal Cielo: Two silver medals
  • Fawnridge Winery: Two silver and four bronze medals
  • Le Casque: Three silver and one bronze medal
  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards: One silver and one bronze medal
  • Mt. Vernon Winery: Two gold, four silver and three bronze medals
  • Pescatore Winery: One silver medal
  • Popie Wines: One silver and two bronze medals
  • Rock Hill Winery: One bronze medal
  • Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery: Two silver and one bronze medal
  • Wise Villa Winery: Two double gold, two gold, three silver and five bronze medals

“The accolades achieved at this year’s wine competition are well-deserved,” says Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “This region’s microclimate, rich soil and dedicated vintners produce world-class wine and we are delighted to be recognized by such a prestigious competition.”

Experience the region’s award-winning artisan wines paired with sweet treats this Valentine’s Day weekend. Placer County has 18 wineries participating in the Valentine’s Sweets and Treats event.

Media Notes:
To schedule an interview, private tasting, or tour with any of the region’s Award-Winning vintners, please contact Patrick Storm of Merlot Marketing at 916-285-9835. To view full-list of this year’s winners, visit 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

ABOUT VALENTINE’S SWEETS AND TREATS:
Experience collaborative open-house style wine tours hosted by the Placer County Vintners Association and the Placer County Wine Trail member wineries. Meet winemakers, wine grape growers, and other wine enthusiasts while tasting award-winning artisan wines paired with something sweet or a treat. For just $10.00 collected at the first winery you visit, a hand stamp will gain access to tastings, pairings and tours at all of the participating wineries.

WHEN: February 14-15, 2015

WHERE: 18 Placer County Wineries, all of which are accessible from Interstate 80 and Highway 49 along the Placer County Wine Trail, spanning from Lincoln to Loomis, Newcastle and Auburn.

WHAT: Wine-tasting paired with sweet treats

COST: $10.00 per person

MAP: Wine Trail Map

Participating wineries include:

  • Bear River Winery
  • Bonitata Boutique Wine
  • Cante Ao Vinho
  • Le Casque Wines
  • Ciotti Cellars
  • Davis Dean Cellars
  • Dono dal Cielo
  • Fawnridge Winery
  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards
  • Mt. Vernon Winery
  • PaZa Vineyard & Winery
  • Pescatore Winery
  • Popie Wines
  • River Rock Ranch Lindemann Winery
  • Rock Hill Winery
  • Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery
  • Viña Castellano
  • Wise Villa Winery

ABOUT PLACER COUNTY VINTNERS ASSOCIATION:
The Placer County Wine Trail is organized by the Placer County Vintners Association, a nonprofit association created to provide a forum for wineries to collaborate on events and programs. Together the Association also develops marketing programs to raise awareness of the Placer County wine region. The group believes that sharing best practices with all county wineries inspires the vintners to provide a high quality experience for winery visitors. For more information and maps, visit http://www.placerwine.com or call (916) 663-4486.

ABOUT PLACERGROWN:
Supported by Placer County, PlacerGROWN is the information source dedicated to educating residents about the freshest agricultural products the region has to offer. Through its website, social media channels, and other outreach programs, PlacerGROWN connects community members with the farmers’ markets, farms, orchards, ranches, wineries, nurseries, and specialty food stores in one of the most diverse growing areas in Northern California. To discover the bounty of agricultural products produced by farmers who call Placer County home, or for more information about PlacerGROWN, visit http://www.placergrown.org.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION:
In 2000, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair entered into a title naming sponsorship agreement with the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The wine competition was renamed the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with the award tasting of the medal winning wines to take place in San Francisco. It began to grow and prosper; in 2006 over 900 United States wineries entered a record breaking 3,318 wine entries for the competition from wine regions throughout America. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition became the largest wine competition of American wines in the world. It continued to grow and entries rapidly rose from 3,800 wines entered in 2007 to a staggering 4,913 entries from all across the country in 2010. Today, 60 prestigious experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries from around the country join together to judge these wines each year and because of their diligence the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition continues to hold the title of the largest competition of American Wines in the World.

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