Monterey Wine Competition winners

Local wineries score big at March 14 event

WINNING WINES Sofia Fedotova and Lightpost Winery earned a slew of Gold medals at the Monterey International Wine Competition on March 14. Photo courtesy of Lightpost Winery

We gotta look for some good news here. Let’s celebrate the good results for local wineries that entered the Monterey International Wine Competition, held March 14 in King City. 

Alara Cellars scored Gold for the 2017 Cabernet Pfeffer, and silvers for the 2017 Barbera, Grenache and Montepulciano, all from San Benito. 

Kudos to Lightpost winemaker, Christian Roguenant and his assistant winemaker, Tim Li, for scoring a slew of Golds for these: 2018 Chardonnay Paraiso Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands; 2018 Pinot Noir Ferrari Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains; 2017 Chardonnay Edna Valley; 2018 Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County, 2018 Pinot Noir Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County and 2017 Classic Red Wine. Silvers went to 2017 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains; 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley; 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Mountain, Eden Canyon Vineyards, Paso Robles; 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains; 2018 Chardonnay Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County; 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley; 2017 Classic White Wine Paso Robles; 2017 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains, and 2018 Albariño, Edna Valley.

Local wineries serving up food and wine to-go during the shelter-in-place order include Sycamore Creek/MoHi, where a recent pairing featured barbecue with their Petite Sirah. A popular Fiesta Bowl dinner for two included chili verde, chili colorado and chicken enchilada, beans and rice. Call 408-779-4738 to order for pickup, between 11am and 7pm, or visit

Martin Ranch is offering a 33 percent discount and free shipping on three bottles or more, and Sarah’s Vineyard has several six-packs for great prices.

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