Livermore Wines Shine at 2013 SFCWC Public Tasting

DSCN0989Livermore wines were shining at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting last weekend.  One peak out the back door of the Pavillion at Fort Mason would have given you a view of the sun, waves, and white sails fluttering in the wind. Luckily, if you had a glass of fine wine in your hand, it would have been all the better. Over 100 wineries came out in force to showcase their medal winning wines. Food vendors handed out samples such as mini baguettes from Costeaux Bakery of  Healdsburg and sweet treats from Susan Foord Catering.

DSCN0987The parking was very tight and most people arrived by taxi, limo, public transportation, or on their own two feet. This was definitely a San Francisco crowd! The lady checking guests in quipped that last year they had taxis lined up to prevent guests from drinking and driving. Good for them! At the strike of two, the crowds roll in like a long built up ocean swell that had been patiently waiting to let out its energy and crash with a thunder to the shore. Livermore Valley was out in force with top wineries, including Steven Kent Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Bent Creek Winery, En Garde Winery, Occasio Winery, and Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

DSCN0999Courtney Garcia, Marketing & Events Manager of Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery, worried at first that the crowds may not stop by because of competition from some of the bigger Napa and Sonoma Wineries like Cakebread Cellars and Rodney Strong Vineyards, but by the end of the event, she said that the crowd was not bad and people were definitely feeling the effects of the wine and were quite happy campers.  She was happy that many had stopped by to taste some of their medal winning wines. Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge is a full production winery, made from 100% Livermore Valley fruit produced from their 180-acre vineyard, Del Arroyo Vineyards. The Corbett family owns both the vineyard and winery and boasts that it produces some of the finest red and white varietals in the Livermore Valley.

DSCN0998DSCN0997The Steven Kent Winery, another top producer of fine wines, had a table manned by Tracey Hoff, Vice President of retail sales. Opened in 1996, The Steven Kent Winery had a mission to make one of the best Cabernet’s in the Livermore Valley. Because of Livermore’s long dedicated history of growing Bordeaux varietals, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, they felt the challenge would not be difficult. Luckily for them, the challenge is paying off as their Smith Ranch Vineyard Cabernet won Best of Class.

Tracey Hoff, VP Retail Sales, Steven Kent & La Rochelle Wineries

We are honored to have received Best of Class for Cabernet in the competition and proud of the overall showing from wineries in our appellation. It shows what we are capable of and that Livermore Valley is a serious wine region. We hope the recognition will bring more wine lovers to Livermore Valley to see all that we have to offer.

To read more about the winners at the San Francisco Wine Chronicle Competition, Click Here.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine competition is the largest in Northern California, for a full list of medal winners, Click Here.

Lindsey Roffey

Lindsey is a general manager of a small family run winery in the Livermore Valley. Currently she poses her CSW, is an Advanced Certified Sommelier through the USSA, and has her advanced certificate through WSET. In her spare time, she continues to study and take wine certification courses.

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