Wines from California swept Best of Show and Best of Class categories in South Florida’s home-grown American Fine Wine Competition this week, with judges awarding a record number of gold and double gold medals among the 750 wines entered from vineyards throughout the United States.
“There were some interesting aspects of this year’s competition,” says Peg San Felippo, one of the 24 judges in the ninth edition of the competition Jan. 17-18 at FIU’s North Miami campus. “For the second year in a row there was a tie for best of show sparkling. A less traditional grape varietal and blend won in both best of show categories.”
While wines from other states – notably Oregon but sometimes surprises from Ohio and Virginia – have been uncorked in the top winner categories in previous years, California wines captured all the Best of Class and Show categories this years. Many were from the 2012 vintage year, considered one of the finest recent harvests in the state’s long wine-growing history.
In all, judges awarded 178 gold and 133 double gold medals in the competition, including 44 in the Cabernet Sauvignon category.
The complete winners list follows. All 750 wines, including the gold medal winners, will be available to sample with a gourmet dinner at the AFWC Charity Gala on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. The event, benefiting the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, will include a silent and live auction and music. Advance purchase price is $300 per person. For more information call 561-558-2345 or visit americanfinewinecompetition.com.
- Staff report
American Fine Wine Competition Best of Class and Best of Show Winners
BEST OF SHOW RED
2013 Luna Vineyards Canto Super Tuscan, Napa Valley, Calif., $70.
BEST OF SHOW WHITE
2014 Rivino Estate Pinot Blanc, Mendocino, Calif., $25.
BEST OF SHOW SPARKLING (TIE)
NV Breathless Blanc de Noir, Geyserville, Calif., $30.
2012 Signal Ridge Brut, Anderson Valley, Calif., $25.
BEST OF SHOW DESSERT WINE
2013 Castello di Amorosa Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Napa Valley, Calif., $39.
BEST OF SHOW ROSE’
2014 Muscardini Rosato di Sangiovese Alpicella Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, Calif., $24
BEST OF CLASS SAUVIGNON BLANC
2013 Arkenstone Estate Sauvignon Blanc Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Calif., $48
BEST OF CLASS CHARDONNAY
2013 Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay Reserve Bien Nacido Vineyard, Napa Valley, Calif., $38.
BEST OF CLASS PINOT NOIR
2013 Hahn Pinot Noir SLH, Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif., $30.
BEST OF CLASS MERLOT
2012 Anthem Estate Merlot Mt. Veeder, Napa, Calif., $70.
BEST OF CLASS SYRAH
2012 VIE Syrah Thompson Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Calif., $45.
BEST OF CLASS PETIT SIRAH
2012 Brown Estate Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, Calif., $50.
BEST OF CLASS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
2012 St. Suprey Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Estate, Napa Valley, Calif., $100
BEST OF CLASS BORDEAUX BLEND
2012 Jean-Charles Boisset Red Blend McCarthy Vineyard, Napa, Calif., $350.
BEST OF CLASS CABERNET FRANC
2013 Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc St. Helena, Napa Valley, Calif., $80.
BEST OF CLASS ZINFANDEL
2013 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel, Calif., $30
PHOTO/Courtesy Peg SanFelippo: American Fine Wine Competition co-founder Monty Prieser tallies the votes at judges’ table 4 during the Best of Class red wine finals.At the table, left to right: AFWC co-founder Sara Prieser, Min Kwon, Virginia Philip and Michael Bernales.
Complete medalists list
SP-Sparkling; DR-Dry Rose; SB-Sauvignon Blanc; CH-Chardonnay; OW-Other White; OWB- Other White Blend; PN-Pinot Noir; ME-Merlot;
CF-Cabernet Franc; CS-Cabernet Sauvignon; ZIN- Zinfandel; SY-Syrah; PS-Petite Sirah; RBSB-Red Bordeaux-Style Blend; OR-Other Red;
ORB-Other Red Blend; Sweet-Late Harvest, Ice Wine or Port
GG- Double Gold; G- Gold; S- Silver