Solis takes Best of Show

Wineries have strong showings at competitions

BEST OF THE BEST Solis Winery received Best White and Best of Show with the 2018 Estate Fiano at the Central Coast Wine Competition.

For the second year in a row, a Santa Clara Valley winery won the Central Coast Wine Competition. 

Solis Winery garnered Best White and Best of Show with the 2018 Estate Fiano, a lithe Italian variety that is a rare bird in California. Last year, Alara Cellars won for the 2017 Grenache Blanc. 

The Fiano grape is indigenous to Southern Italy. This is the first time a Fiano has taken Best of Show at this competition, which saw a record 803 entries this year. Solis also scored a silver for the 2018 Vino Roseo di Sangiovese.

Best Red Wine went to Halter Ranch’s 2016 Ancestor, a Bordeaux blend. The Paso Robles winery also won Best Pink Wine for its 2018 Rosé of Grenache. Best Sparkling Wine went to Laetitia Vineyard and Winery’s 2016 Brut Rosé.

Alara Cellars scored double golds for the 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir and the 2016 Negrette, gold and Best of Class for the 2016 Sangiovese, and silvers for the 2017 Pinot Grigio, 2017 Pinot Noir, 2016 Tempranillo and 2016 Boudoir Blend.

Guglielmo scored Gold for the 2015 Estate Petite Sirah, and Silvers for the 2018 Pinot Blanc (unoaked) and 2016 Petit Verdot.

Jason-Stephens scored double gold for the 2014 Persing Vineyard Cabernet; golds for the 2014 Cabernet, 2014 Malbec, 2014 Persing Vineyard Meritage, 2014 Petit Verdot and 2014 DeWitt Vineyard Petit Verdot; and silvers for the 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Reserve Cabernet, 2007 Monte Bello Road Cabernet, 2014 Swing Malbec, 2014 Merlot, 2014 Petite Sirah, 2014 Meritage, ONES and ZEROS V5.0, 2012 Estate Syrah, 2014 Syrah and 2014 Swing Carmenere. 

Verde Vineyards scored silvers for the 2017 Chardonnay, 2016 Cabernet and 2016 Tess’s Bordeaux Blend.

Jason-Stephens Winery pulled off a couple of medals for their label designs, including a gold in Modern Design for the Ones and Zeros V5.0.

Sunset Wine Competition

After a two-year hiatus, the Sunset Wine Competition roared back in fine form, attracting more than 2,700 entries. Best of Show White went to the 2018 Bella Grace Estate Vermentino, Amador County, and Best of Show Red to the 2017 Sycamore Ranch Grenache, Santa Barbara.

Congrats to La Vie Dansante for scoring a coveted Best of Class for their 2015 Nocturne dessert wine in this one!

Alara Cellars brought home gold for the 2016 Sangiovese and silvers for the 2016 San Benito Pinot Noir and 2017 Pinot Grigio.

For Church Creek, it was silver for the 2014 Malbec, 2013 Estate Merlot and 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc, while Guglielmo brought home gold for the 2018 Rosé of Grignolino, with both the 2017 Monterey Chardonnay and 2015 Petite Sirah scoring silver.

Jason-Stephens Winery scored gold for the 2014 Persing Vineyard Cabernet Franc and silver for the 2013 Swing Vineyard Carmenere.

Martin Ranch scored gold for the 2015 Thérèse Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet, plus silvers for 2018 Thérèse Vineyards Rosé, 2016 Thérèse Vineyards Mourvèdre, 2016 J.D. Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 J.D. Hurley Merlot.

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