The 2016 Lake County Wine Awards Competition

The annual comprehensive judging of high elevation wines

ANNOUNCING the 2016 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 grapes are producing wines that reveal 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 8th at Langtry Estate where a panel of 10 wine experts will blind-taste and judge all wines submitted and select the winners in each category.

The esteemed panel of wine experts will include: Carl Brandhorst, John Buechsenstein, Martha Dunne, Mike Dunne, Catherine Fallis, Rick Fraga, Ellen Landis, Ken Landis, Tom Simoneau, and Sue Straight.

Bob FraserBob Fraser, wine studies adjunct instructor, recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program, and currently associated with both the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, will preside as Director for the professional judging.

Participating wineries are asked to submit their entry forms by May 13th and their wine entries by May 24th. All Lake County wines made inside 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 Moore Family Winery on Saturday, July 30th. 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 me at (707) 357-5237.

Thank you for your participation and good luck!

Terry Dereniuk

2015 Wine Competition Sweepstakes Winners 2015 Wine Competition Sweepstakes Winners   (photo by Eric Fore Photography)

LCWA 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

Wine cave photo by John McJunkin