The results are in for the winners of the largest wine judging in the world, the SF Wine Chronicle Competition. Over 7,000 entries are evaluated according to the “West Coast-style”, which involves a double-blind tasting and also allows for discussion and debate amongst the judges before a final agreement.
Surprising facts about the winners:
– Sunce Winery (Russian River Valley, CA) won the highest number of awards overall, ranging from Bronze to Double Gold. The wins were across small-batch, site-specific wines, across varietals from Italian to Bordeaux.
– Mazzocco Winery (Healdsburg, CA) won the highest number of double gold awards, primarily for its small-batch, site-specific Zinfandels
– Don’t turn your nose up at Texas — outside of California, Texas was the surprising winner of the highest number of Best in Class awards. Wins ranged for everything from Mourvedre to Dolcetto
– Korbel won in the sparkling category for its second year in a row: 2013 Brut Natural Methode Champenoise Russian River Valley this year, and California Champagne, organically grown grapes last year