ANNOUNCING the 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition showcasing wines that identify Lake County on the label.
Located on the elevated ridges and flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Range to the east, Lake County wines are revealing intense flavors and compelling quality. It is once again time to evaluate the evolution of style coming from this re-emerging wine region.
This competition will commence on June 11th at Brassfield Estate Winery where a panel of 10 wine experts will blind-taste and judge all wines submitted and select the winners in each category.
Among the esteemed panel of wine experts are: Tom Simoneau, "The Wine Guy", KSRO Radio; Christopher Sawyer, Wine Educator and Freelance Writer, Sommelier at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar; Ken Landis, Chef and Owner of Landis Shores Ocean Front Inn, Half Moon Bay; and John Giannini, Viticulture & Enology Lecturer, Fresno State.
Bob Fraser, wine studies adjunct instructor and recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program, also associated with the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, will preside as coordinator for the professional judging.
Participating wineries are asked to submit their entry forms and their wine entries by May 27th. All Lake County wines made in and outside the county using at least 75% Lake County grapes are encouraged to enter.
The community will be able to taste the winners at Langtry Estate & Vineyard on Saturday, June 14th where the people get to 'blind taste' the judges' top picks and select the "People's Choice." We are anticipating that the exposure for the winning wines will be the largest in this competition's history.
If you have any questions, please call Terry Dereniuk, Executive Director for Lake County Winery Association at (707) 357-5237.
Thank you for your participation and good luck!
LAKE COUNTY WINE AWARDS COMPETITION
Wine Cave Photo in header by John McJunkin
The deadline for submitting entry forms for the 2014 Wine Awards has been extended to May 27th. The wine entries must also be received at Brassfield Estate Winery by that date. If you need a copy of the Call for Entries and/or entry forms, please click here.
5/27/2014 - Entry forms due
5/27/2014 - Wine entries due
6/11/2014 - Competition begins
6/13/2014 - Results available
6/14/2014 - People's Choice at Langtry Estate & Vineyard
From the Lake County Winery Association:
Lake County is one of the newest destinations for those looking to enjoy fine wines in a relaxed, rural and breathtaking environment. This award-winning, unspoiled and undiscovered wine region is located only two hours by car from the San Francisco Bay area and the Sacramento valley.
Encompassing Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti, Lake County holds California's largest natural freshwater lake and a striking and majestic dormant volcano. Mt. Konocti is responsible for shaping a wide range of elevations suitable for growing a wide selection of varietals.
High elevations, rugged lands, gentle slopes and rolling hillsides that melt into expansive and fertile valley floors that feed into the spectacular and picturesque Clear Lake are the origins of Lake County's highly acclaimed wines. For up-to-date information, visit us at www.lakecountywineries.org/.