Rookie Urban Winemaker Surprises All at Prestigious Wine Competition – New San Francisco Winery Bats 1000 in the Largest Wine Competition of American Wines in the World

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Heartfelt Wines, a boutique, family-owned, urban winery on Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA, participated in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with wines from its very first vintage and came away with big league honors. Dan Morgan, owner/winemaker, entered four of his five varietals and won a Best of Class, two Double Golds, and a Bronze – impressive honors for this first-time entrant, competing alongside big players in the wine industry in highly competitive categories.

Sixty-five industry experts from across the country judged 5,825 entries during the first week of January at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair in Sonoma, CA. Over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states participated in this prestigious competition, making it the largest competition of American wines in the world. According to the competition directors, Bob and Scott Fraser, “A gold medal winner from a winery within a certain price point signifies that they are within the top ten percent of quality wines in the country.”

Dan Morgan’s flagship wine, his 2010 Inspiration Red, took Best of Class in the “All Red Blends over $35” category. Out of the 78 awards given in this category, Heartfelt’s proprietary Cabernet/Syrah blend earned top billing. Approximately two percent of the wines entered across all categories were awarded this honor. Heartfelt continued its strong debut with two Double Gold awards, one for its 2012 Chardonnay ($25-$29.99 category) and another for its 2010 Petite Sirah (over $20 category). These wines were judged in categories with over 100 other wines and were solid stand-outs. In the Zinfandel ($25-$29.99 category), Heartfelt’s 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel earned a Bronze, making Heartfelt’s rookie entry a noteworthy success.

Heartfelt Wines is a small-volume producer of award-winning, premium wines with production on Treasure Island, CA. The founding principle of this winery is simple: excellent wines are crafted from excellent fruit. That’s why Heartfelt Wines takes the time to seek out and source the finest fruit from Napa and Sonoma counties.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dan Morgan, please call Karen Morgan at 650-219-7596 or email her at karen(at)heartfeltwines(dot)com, or go to Also visit us at the SF Chronicle Public Tasting on February 15th or the Family Winemakers Pasadena Tasting on March 9th.

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