Sonoma County Harvest Fair Announces Top Wine Winners

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Winners of top awards in the 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Professional Wine Competition were announced at a first-time gala event, the Sonoma County Harvest Awards dinner, Saturday, September 24.

The event followed judging of more than 1,000 wines by 25 judges from throughout the United States and Asia.

The top honors included:

Kenwood Vineyards winemaker Pat Henderson

(Left to right) John Ash, master of ceremonies; Ken Wilson, co-owner of Wilson Winery; Marie Gewirtz, president of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Board; and Diane Wilson, co-owner and winemaker at Wilson Winery

(Left to right) John Ash, master of ceremonies; Marie Gewirtz, president of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Board; Kaarin Lee (wife of the late Mike Lee, for whom the sweepstakes specialty wine award was named); and Bob Iantosca, executive winemaker at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Sweepstakes Winning White Wine (James Guymon Memorial Award)
Kenwood Vineyards 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris for $16.00 – Pat Henderson, winemaker

Sweepstakes Winning Red Wine (George Cooke Memorial Award)
Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for $36.00 – Diane Wilson, winemaker

Sweepstakes Winning Specialty Wine (Mike Lee Memorial Award)
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards 2007 Carneros Brut Rosé for $42.00 – Bob Iantosca, winemaker

The Harvest Fair takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 30 through October 2) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Fairgoers will have ample opportunities to taste the award-winning wines throughout the weekend, including at the Grand Tasting, a new event slated for Friday, September 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.harvestfair.org.

Here’s a complete list of best of class, double gold and gold medal winners in each wine category:

Best of Class Winners

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 Alexander Valley Sangiovese $21.00
Arbor Bench Vineyards 2008 Dry Creek Valley Reflections Meritage $29.00
Armida Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Il Campo Field Blend $39.00
Armida Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $19.00
Carol Shelton Wines 2008 Rockpile Rockpile Reserve Petite Sirah $40.00
Clean Coast Wines 2008 Sonoma County Pinot Noir $14.95
Clos du Bois Wines 2008 Alexander Valley Sonoma Reserve Merlot $23.00
De La Montanya 2010 Russian River Valley Gewurztraminer $30.00
de Lorimier Winery 2005 Alexander Valley Artisan $40.00
Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Syrah $34.00
Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Director's Cut Chardonnay $21.00
Gordian Knot Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Albarino $22.00
Gracianna 2010 Russian River Valley Suzanne's Blend Chardonnay $34.00
Harts Desire Wines 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $40.00
J. Keverson Winery 2008 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $34.00
J. Keverson Winery 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel $29.00
Jus Soli Winery 2008 Sonoma Valley Syrah $24.00
Kenwood Vineyards 2010 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc $10.00
Kenwood Vineyards 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $20.00
Little Vineyards Sonoma County Band Blend $17.00
Mayo Family Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Late Harvest Gewurztraminer $30.00
Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery 2010 Dry Creek Valley Unoaked Chardonnay $23.00
Pedroncelli Winery 2010 Dry Creek Valley Dry Rosé of Zinfandel $11.00
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $75.00
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $24.00
Selby Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Grenache $20.00
Simi Winery 2010 Sonoma County Cuvee 1876 $20.00
Soda Rock Winery 2007 Sonoma County Reserve Cabernet Franc $45.00
St. Francis Winery 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay $15.00
T R Elliott 2008 Russian River Valley Burgonet Pinot Noir $42.00
Trentadue Winery Chocolate Amore $20.00
Trentadue Winery 2008 Alexander Valley Zinfandel Port $25.00
Trione Vineyards & Winery 2009 Alexander Valley Primitivo 82% Zinfandel 18% $28.00
Veritas Ridge Winery 2007 Russian River Valley Merlot $30.00
Watkins Family Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $34.00
Windsor Vineyards 2010 Sonoma Valley Viognier Reserve $15.00
Double Gold Medal Winners

B.R. Cohn Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $55.00
Balletto Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $34.00
Balletto Vineyards 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $28.00
Calstar Cellars 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $28.50
De Loach Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay $45.00
Handley Cellars 2008 Dry Creek Valley Syrah $20.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $52.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $52.00
Munselle Vineyards 2008 Alexander Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Owl Ridge 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $48.00
Gold Medal Winners

Adler Fels 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $14.00
Adobe Road Winery 2007 Russian River Valley Petite Sirah $38.00
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Alexander Valley Chardonnay $18.00
Armida Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $39.00
Armida Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir $45.00
Balletto Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $40.00
Balletto Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley Teresa's Chardonnay Unoaked $20.00
Benziger Family Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Signaterra Sauvignon Blanc $24.00
Black Goose 2009 Russian River Valley Viognier $22.00
Calstar Cellars 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $20.00
Calstar Cellars 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $28.50
Carol Shelton Wines 2007 Russian River Valley Karma Zin Zinfandel $33.00
Chalk Hill Estate Winery 2009 Chalk Hill Chardonnay $48.00
Chalk Hill Estate Winery 2008 Chalk Hill Estate Red $70.00
Christopher Creek 2007 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $32.00
Christopher Creek 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $27.00
Clarbec Wines 2009 Sonoma Valley Pinot Gris $21.00
Clos du Bois Wines 2010 Alexander Valley Fume Blanc Reserve $18.00
Cornell 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $88.00
Davis Bynum 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $35.00
De La Montanya 2009 Russian River Valley Tempranillo Reserve $37.50
De Loach Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley OFS Pinot Noir $40.00
de Lorimier Winery 2009 Alexander Valley Primitivo $28.00
de Lorimier Winery 2007 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $32.00
de Lorimier Winery 2007 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00
de Lorimier Winery 2007 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $52.00
Deerfield Ranch Winery 2006 Sonoma Valley Meritage $75.00
Deerfield Ranch Winery 2007 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel Reserve $60.00
Deerfield Ranch Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel $35.00
Dutcher Crossing Winery 2009 Alexander Valley Chardonnay $28.00
Forchini Vineyards & Winery 2008 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $32.00
Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2007 Sonoma County Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon $52.00
Gallo Family Vineyards 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $28.00
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Carneros Blanc d' Noirs $20.00
Gracianna 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $48.00
Graton Ridge Cellars 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $50.00
Harts Desire Wines 2007 Alexander Valley Merlot $30.00
Harts Desire Wines 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Harts Desire Wines 2010 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc $20.00
Hauck Cellars 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $36.00
Hauck Cellars 2007 Sonoma County Tableau $38.00
Hauck Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Hauck Cellars 2007 Sonoma County Meritage $34.00
Hauck Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $38.00
Hawley Wines 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Hook & Ladder Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Cabernet Franc $25.00
Hughes Family Vineyards 2007 Sonoma Valley Syrah $40.00
J. Rickards Winery 2008 Alexander Valley Old Vines Zinfandel $28.00
Jus Soli Winery 2008 Sonoma County Roots Red $20.00
Keating Wines 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Keating Wines 2008 Sonoma Valley Merlot $25.00
Kelley & Young Wines 2010 Alexander Valley Kathleen Rosé $24.00
Korbel 2006 Sonoma County Reserve Blanc de Noirs $25.00
Kunde Family Estate 2010 Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc $15.00
Kunde Family Estate 2008 Sonoma Valley Meritage 202 $30.00
Kunde Family Estate 2010 Sonoma Valley Viognier $18.00
Lost Canyon Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $45.00
Loxton Cellars 2008 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $30.00
Loxton Cellars 2008 Sonoma Valley Grandfather's Cuvee Cabernet Shiraz $32.00
Macrae Family Winery 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $30.00
Mantra Wines 2009 Alexander Valley Old Vines Reserve Zinfandel $30.00
Mayo Family Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Port $35.00
Mayo Family Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Reserve Old Vines $50.00
Mayo Family Winery 2009 Russian River Valley The Barnstormer Zinfandel $34.99
Mayo Family Winery 2007 Russian River Valley Alicante Bouchet $30.00
Mayo Family Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Grenache $35.00
Mayo Family Winery 2008 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Reserve $50.00
Mayo Family Winery 2008 Russian River Valley Zinfandel $40.00
Mayo Family Winery 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $52.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2008 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Petite Sirah $45.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $32.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $36.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2008 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah $35.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $36.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $34.00
Mazzocco Sonoma 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $32.00
Mc Clain Family Vineyards 2007 Alexander Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Meadowcroft Wines 2009 Sonoma County Zinfandel $28.00
Michel-Schlumberger 2009 Dry Creek Valley Le Sage Merlot $32.00
Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery 2007 Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00
Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery 2010 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc $19.00
Miro 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $28.00
Moshin Vineyards 2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $35.00
Mounts Family Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $20.00
Occidental Road Cellars 2007 Russian River Valley Sweetheart Syrah $25.00
Orsi-Papale 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $35.00
Paradise Ridge Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay $19.99
Pedroncelli Winery 2008 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah $16.00
Pedroncelli Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $16.00
Pena Ridge 2008 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah $38.00
Pezzi King Vineyards 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $18.00
Ramazzotti Wines 2007 Dry Creek Valley Ricordo Zinfandel $30.00
River Road Vyds & Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Meunier $16.99
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $75.00
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $20.00
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay $13.50
Rued 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay $18.00
Rued 2007 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $45.00
Sandole Wines 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $34.00
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2007 Sonoma Valley Barbera $26.00
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $18.00
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2009 Sonoma County Chardonnay $13.00
Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel $15.00
Selby Winery 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel Old Vines $24.00
Selby Winery 2010 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc $15.00
Simi Winery 2008 Alexander Valley Late Harvest Riesling $30.00
Simi Winery 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay Reserve $28.00
St. Francis Winery 2009 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel $40.00
St. Francis Winery 2009 Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel $22.00
Stryker Sonoma 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel $40.00
Taft Street Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris $16.00
Trattore Wines 2009 Dry Creek Valley Tractor Red $18.00
Trattore Wines 2010 Dry Creek Valley Viognier $24.00
Trecini 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $13.99
Trentadue Winery 2005 Alexander Valley Petite Sirah Port $25.00
Trentadue Winery 2009 Alexander Valley La Storia Cuvee Evelyna $28.00
Trione Vineyards & Winery 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $64.00
Trione Vineyards & Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc $23.00
Ty Caton Vineyards 2009 Sonoma Valley Ballfield Syrah $42.00
Valley Of The Moon Winery 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $17.00
Valley Of The Moon Winery 2010 Sonoma County Rosato di Sangiovese $16.00
VC Cellars 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $28.00
Veritas Ridge Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $28.00
VML Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $30.00
Watkins Family Winery 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel-Petite Sirah $28.00
Wattle Creek Winery 2009 Alexander Valley Shiraz $30.00
Williamson Wines 2007 Dry Creek Valley Meritage Allure $47.00
Williamson Wines 2007 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Seduce $57.00
Williamson Wines 2008 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Inspire $47.00
Wilson Winery 2008 Dry Creek Valley Roger's Fault $32.00
Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Diane's Reserve Zinfandel $60.00
Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $36.00
Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $48.00
Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel $48.00
Windsor Vineyards 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay $30.00
Windsor Vineyards 2010 Sonoma County Pinot Noir $30.00
XYZin 2009 Russian River Valley Zinfandel 50 Year Old Vines $30.00
Grower Recognition Awards for Gold Medal Wines with Designated Vineyards

Bacigalupi Vineyard for Adobe Road Winery, Gracianna Winery, and Macrae Family Winery
BCD Vineyard for Balletto Vineyards
Block 21 for Trione Vineyards & Winery
Brigden Vineyard for Owl Ridge
Brignole Vineyards for J. Rickards Winery
Brothers Ridge for Rodney Strong
Buchignani Garcia for Deerfield Ranch Winery
Buchignani Vineyard for Keating Wines
Buck Hill Vineyard for J. Keverson Winery
Burnside Road Vineyard for Balletto Vineyards
Calandrelli Vineyard for De La Montanya
Carreras Vineyard for Moshin Vineyards
Castelli-Knight Ranch for Armida Winery
Caton Vineyard for Ty Caton Vineyards
Clarbec Vineyard for Clarbec Wines
Claude Thomas Vineyard for Harts Desire Wines
Cloud 9 Vineyard for Mayo Family Winery
Costello Vineyard for Dutcher Crossing Winery
Crinella Vineyard for Watkins Family Winery
Delaney Family Vineyard for Mayo Family Winery
Durell Vineyard for Armida Winery
Estate Vineyard for Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery
Estate Vineyards for Rodney Strong
Evelyn Parrish Vineyards for Windsor Vineyards
Family Vineyards for Pedroncelli Winery
Finlay's Vineyard for Christopher Creek
Handley Vineyard for Handley Cellars
Hawk Hill Vineyard for De Loach Vineyards
Hidden Spring Vineyard for Harts Desire Wines
Home Ranch for Trione Vineyards & Winery
Judge Family Vineyard for Mayo Family Winery
Kunde Ranch Vineyard for Mayo Family Winery
Los Amigos Ranch for Hook & Ladder Winery
Los Chamizal & White Perry for Deerfield Ranch Winery
Magnolia Lane for Kunde Family Estate
Maria for Mazzocco Sonoma
McGraw Vineyard for Loxton Cellars
Molly's for Wilson Winery
Monte Rosso Vineyard for Stryker Sonoma
Montecillo Vineyard Kaarin's Terrace for St. Francis Winery
Oehlman Ranch for Sandole Wines
Olive Hill Estate Vineyards for B.R. Cohn Winery
Osborn Ranch for Munselle Vineyards and de Lorimier Winery
Paul Family Vineyard for Graton Ridge Cellars
Pony for Mazzocco Sonoma
Ponzo Vineyard for Harts Desire Wines and Hawley Wines
Preston Ranch for de Lorimier Winery
Rancho Salinas for Deerfield Ranch Winery
Redwood Hill Vineyard for Hauck Cellars
Ricci Vineyard for Mayo Family Winery
River Road Ranch for Trione Vineyards & Winery
Robert Young Vineyards for Kelley & Young Wines
Rockaway for Rodney Strong
Romano Vineyard for Jus Soli Winery
Rue Vineyard for Carol Shelton Wines
Saralee's Vineyard for Lost Canyon Winery
Savannah Vineyard for Hughes Family
Sawyer for Wilson Winery
Seaton for Mazzocco Sonoma
Shone Farm Vineyard for Benziger Family Winery
Silverwood Vineyard for Miro
Sonoma Summit Vineyard for Cornell
Sydney for Wilson Winery
Thurow for Mazzocco Sonoma
Two Rock Vineyard for Gallo Family Vineyards
Wallace Creek Vineyards for Francis Ford Coppola
Warm Springs Ranch for de Lorimier Winery and Mazzocco Sonoma
West Dry Creek for Mazzocco Sonoma
Wetzel Family Estate for Alexander Valley Vineyards
For further information or high resolution images, journalists are asked to contact Jack Wolf of Wolf Communications, (707) 575-4415, [email protected], or Sheila Quince of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, (707) 545-4203, [email protected]