Three Santa Cruz Mountain wineries were honored at the 21st Annual Grand Harvest Awards wine competition
In a press release issued by JAG Public Relations on March 21, 2011, the results of the 21st annual Grand Harvest Awards competition were announced. The competition is conducted each year in the pursuit of excellence in terroir.
Terroir is considered to be the combined expression of soil, climate, elevation and topography in the aroma, flavor and tactile sensations of wine beyond clone and rootstock selection, cultural practices, and winemaking techniques.
This year’s proud medal winners from the Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA)
Kings Mountain Vineyard, Kings Mountain Winery LLC, Woodside – 07 Pinot Noir, Kings Mountain Vineyard, $39
La Honda Winery, Redwood City – 09 Red Table, Exponent, $24
La Honda Winery, 08 Cabernet Sauvignon, Salinian block, $32
La Rusticana d’Orsa, Santa Cruz Mountains – 08 Cinque, $45
The press release, issued from Santa Rosa, California states, “Judging for the 2011 Grand Harvest Awards, an international wine competition produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, completed its mission of recognizing outstanding wines from all over the world and simultaneously studying the effects of terroir on wine quality. Celebrating its 21st year, the Grand Harvest Awards was held March 1-2 at Villa Chanticleer, Healdsburg, California. Complete results are posted at www.vwm-online.com/gha while a related article will be published in the May-June issue of the magazine.
Twenty-two judges evaluated 1,346 entries and awarded a total of 947 medals including 145 gold, 401 silver and 401 bronze. Garnering medals at the Grand Harvest Awards (GHA) is difficult to achieve because of its traditional high standards of excellence.”
Grand Harvest Awards 2011 judges
Representing some of the most qualified experts in the industry: food and beverage media, winemakers, wine marketers, enology and viticulture professors and researchers, restaurateurs and sommeliers, hospitality and tourism consultants and fine wine retailers, judges are selected for their familiarity with wines from specific growing regions.
They included Dan Berger, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experience; Tim McNally, host of “The Wine Show”, WIST AM690, New Orleans; Jeanne Burgess, vice president of winemaking operations, Seavin, Inc., Clermont, Florida; Colleen May, CEO of Intervine, a global importer, wholesaler and retailer; Ellen and Ken Landis, owners of Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay, Calif.; and Jim Lapsley, PhD, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California Davis.
Wines grouped by regional classification
The press release continues, “The Grand Harvest Awards is the only North American wine competition that presents entries to judges according to regional classification. Wines of particular appellations are arranged in flights and evaluated by judges who are unaware of the geographic origin or producer, knowing only varietal name when relevant. In contrast, other competitions group wines by varietal name and suggested retail price.
Ken Wornick of La Honda Winery, who garnered two awards, said, “La Honda Winery’s proprietary red blend ‘Exponent’ is getting loads of attention these days. Made from 100% Santa Cruz Mountain estate fruit grown by the winery, the blend pulls varieties from three historic countries – Cabernet and Merlot (France), Grenache (Spain), and Sangiovese (Italy).”
Congrats to all our Santa Cruz Mountains wineries for receiving this excellent honor.
By June Smith
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