Placer County wineries bring home gold

45 awards received at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition
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Placer County Wine Trail wineries brought their best to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and earned 45 medals, including an outstanding 11 gold and double gold medals.

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition includes wines from around the country and is judged by 60 wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries.

This year, more than 5,500 vintages were judged.

Over all, nine Placer County wineries placed in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Lincoln’s Wise Villa Winery took home the most medals, adding another 15 awards to its repertoire. That included two double gold medals for the estate grown, produced and bottled Sirah and Pinot Noir Rose, three gold, six silver and four bronze medals. 

“It’s exciting to be a part of the success of the Placer County wineries,” said Grover Lee, Wise Villa’s winemaker, owner and general manager.  “We planted the first vines on Wise Villa Estates in 2006 and are proud of our growth, the wines we produce and of the many wonderful wines coming out of our region.”

The showing continued to be strong at the competition with Ciotti Cellars and Fawnridge Winery both claiming a silver medal and two bronze awards; Le Casque won a gold and bronze; Lone Buffalo Vineyards was recognized with a gold, two silvers and two bronzes; Mt. Vernon Winery took three gold and five bronze; PaZa and Popie Wines both brought home a silver and bronze; and Vina Castellano Winery was awarded a gold, silver and three bronze.

Placer County wineries continue to produce even more award-winning wines each year,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “We believe that an increasing number of wine lovers will discover Placer County as a hidden jewel with gorgeous terrain and wine well worth the visit.” 

The Placer County Wine Trail is home to 19 wineries and counting, all of which are easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49 along the Placer County Wine Trail running from Lincoln to Auburn.

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