Fourteen distinguished judges from all over Northern California have awarded hard-earned medals to a select few at the 37th annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, held at Scharffenberger Cellars. Breaking the record set in 2012, the competition received 250 wine entries under more than 50 labels. Each wine in the competition is, of course, made with grapes grown exclusively in Mendocino County with nine winners coming from Yorkville Highlands.
The awards ceremony in Philo, Calif. began with remarks from George Lee of Old Chatham Ranch in the Yorkville Highlands and secretary of the Board of Directors of Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc. (MWI). Lee noted that, of the Best of Show contenders in Red and White categories, half of those wines also qualified for the Green category, which celebrates wines made from organically- and sustainably-grown grapes.
While not all wineries entered the competition, the medal winners from The Highlands included the following:
|Award||Category||Brand name||Label description|
|Silver||Pinot Noir||Bink Wines||2009 Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands|
|Silver||Sauvignon Blanc||Bink Wines||2012 Old Chatham Ranch Reserve Yorkville Highlands|
|Silver||Pinot Noir||Maple Creek Winery||2010 Artevino Anderson Valley|
|Silver||Zinfandel||Maple Creek Winery||2010 Artevino Largo Ridge|
|Silver||Blended red||Maple Creek Winery||2009 Artevino Montage Mendocino County|
|Gold||Chardonnay||Maple Creek Winery||2010 Artevino Reserve Mendocino County|
|Silver||Blush and rose||Maple Creek Winery||2012 Artevino Flora Blush Yorkville Highlands|
|Silver||Syrah||Meyer Family Cellars||2009 Yorkville Highlands High Ground Reserve|
|Gold||Chardonnay||Meyer Family Cellars||2012 Anderson Valley Donnelly Creek Vineyard|
To see the full results of the competition go here. Congrats to all.