City of Lakeport, California

Lake County wines win awards in 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in and Lake County is bringing home gold, silver and bronze.

Seventeen Lake County wineries were recognized for their high quality wines, winning more than 100 medals including three prestigious Best of Class awards.

Clay Shannon and his team won Best of Class for Vigilance Winery & Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Cimarron and Shannon Ridge 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

In addition, numerous Lake County designate wines from other regions that were made with grapes grown in Lake County won awards.

A full listing of this year’s winners can be viewed at .

“People who try our wines recognize the quality and outstanding value that Lake County wines offer,” said Lake County Winery Association Director Terry Dereniuk said. “The results of this competition continue to demonstrate our quality and the recognition that Lake County is getting from wine industry professionals and as a wine region. Congratulations to all of our wineries who were recognized with awards in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.”

The SF Chronicle wine competition is the largest competition of American wines. There were 5,825 entries from 1,500 wineries located in 25 states for the 2014 judging.

The judging panel was made up of 65 experienced judges from across the country representing all areas in the wine industry including experts in media, restaurant and hospitality, education, winemaking and retail outlets.

The public tasting event of this year’s award winning wines will be held at Fort Mason Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. Information about this event can be found at under “Public Tasting.”

LCWA works to promote the wines of Lake County’s high elevation region. Membership is open to wineries, winegrape growers, and individuals or businesses interested in promoting the Lake County wine industry.

For more information about upcoming events, sponsorship or membership opportunities, call 707-357-5237 or .

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