Inaugural Foothill Wine Festival competition announces winners
The inaugural Foothill Wine Festival competition crowns Skinner Grenache Blanc Best White, Amador Cellars Estate Tempranillo Best Red, Gwinlan Estate Brut Best Sparkling and DiVittorio Merlot Port Best Dessert Wine
Folsom, California, —May 21, 2021— The very first Foothill Wine Festival competition, open to wines bearing labels from any county in District 10, including Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer and Tuolumne, was held in Folsom on Saturday the 15th. may. The competition was sponsored by the Greater Folsom Partnership, which will host a mainstream event to exclusively celebrate Sierra Foothills wines on November 20, at the Palladio Events Center in Folsom.
The judges, which included media, sommeliers, and wine buyers from across California and Nevada, awarded 100 points to the 2020 Skinner El Dorado County Grenache Blanc, praising its varietal purity, pristine balance, overall delicacy and flavor. drinking pleasure, and it was crowned Best White of Show, in a confrontation with Best of Show Rosé, Element 79 Abby’s Rosé Fairplay Dry Blush. The Skinner Grenache Blanc collected 15 votes against the 3 of the Rosé in the final ballot.
The battle for the best red was a bit more heated, with 18 reds in the final judgment. The 2016 Amador Cellars Amador County Estate Tempranillo was crowned best red in the show, with the Young’s Vineyard 2019 Amador County Syrah, the Young’s Vineyard 2019 Amador County Zin, the Skinner 2019 El Dorado Mourvedre and Jeff Runquist 2019 Esola Vineyard Zinfandel completing the top 6 in the final ballot.
The best sparkling wine went to Gwinlan Estate for their Fairplay Estate Brut 2018, which scored 98 points. The best dessert went to the diVittoria El Dorado Merlot 2005 port, which competed with the Toogood NV Eldorado Muscat port style wine, winning top honors.
Of the 397 wines judged, 23 received double gold, meaning that all of the three-person jury judges agreed that the wine deserved a gold medal. Scores of 95 points and more were awarded to these wines. In addition, 44 wines won gold medals, of which 190 won silver medals.
Wineries with multiple Double Golds included Young’s Vineyard, Jeff Runquist, Skinner and Element 79. Jeff Runquist had the most Double Golds with three.
The double gold winning reds who fought for the best red in the series were:
- Amador Caves 2019 Amador Tempranillo County
- Young’s Vineyard 2019 Amador County Syrah / Shiraz
- Young’s Vineyard 2019 Amador County Zinfandel
- Skinner Vineyards & Winery 2019 El Dorado Mourvedre / Mataro
- Jeff Runquist 2019 Amador County Esola Vineyard Zinfandel
- Starfield Vineyards 2018 El Dorado Bronson Brothers Red Rhone-based blend
- Cooper Vineyards LLC 2018 Amador County Syrah / Shiraz
- Jeff Runquist 2019 Amador Barbera County
- diVittorio 2005 Port of Merlot from El Dorado County
- Port Wine Toogood NV Sierra Foothills Muscat
- Lewis Grace 2018 El Dorado Petite Sirah
- Jeff Runquist 2019 Amador Barbera County
- Wine Tree Farm 2016 Amador County Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre Blend
- Ironstone vineyards Sierra Foothills Estate Reserve of Merit 2017
- Twisted Oak 2016 Calaveras County Dalton Vineyard “River of Skulls” Mourvedre
- Item 79 Vineyards El Dorado; Fair Play 2017 24k Red Blend
- Noceto Shenandoah Valley (Amador) 2018 Sangiovese “Hillside”
- Vignobles Fenton Herriott 2018 El Dorado Zinfandel
- 2018 El Dorado Lava Cap; Cabernet Sauvignon Sierra Foothills
- Wise Villa Winery Sierra Foothills 2018 Touriga Nacional (Other red grape varieties)
Competition coordinator Coleen Schwietert said: “Such a large selection of Double Gold winning wines from Barbera to Mourvedre clearly demonstrates that Foothills are much more than Zinfandel! Kudos to all the wineries who signed up and shared their amazing wines with us and the judging team from across California and beyond.
Special thanks to Rich Cook, Chief Judge of the Monterey International Wine Competition, Director of the San Diego County Fair Wine Competitions and Director of the Robert Whitley Challenge Wine Competitions, for providing the glassware for this competition.
Mike Owen, President and CEO of Crystal Basin Cellars, developed and organized the Foothills Wine Competition in collaboration with Joe Gagliardi, CEO of the Greater Folsom Partnership.
“It was amazing bringing together all of these wines from these great producers with all the challenges we faced to launch this first year effort. We are very grateful for the support and proud of the excellent wines our judges reviewed in the competition. It will be great to see these wines presented to customers at the Foothill Wine Festival public event on November 20th.e at Palladio in Folsom, ”Owen said.
Tickets for public events will be available on the Festival website: www.foothillwinefest.com.
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About the Greater Folsom partnership
The Grand Folsom Partnership is a collaboration of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Folsom Tourism Bureau and the Folsom Economic Development Corporation. Representing approximately 1,000 members, these organizations are the leading advocates for business and a vibrant economy to support the quality of life at Folsom. A website has been created for the Festival in www.foothillwinefest.com.