Every year, MCVGA’s member wineries submit the best of their best to wine competitions near and far in hopes of securing recognition for their brand as well as the wines of Monterey County in general. For 2012, the competition to enter was Sunset magazine’s inaugural International Wine Competition. Wines from across the U.S. as well as some of the World’s greatest winemaking regions – including France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were represented and assembled at Sunset’s Northern California headquarters for entry into one of nine categories. The wines were then tasted and judged by an esteemed panel of 52 respected winemakers, trade and education professionals, and journalists. The judges were tasked with narrowing down the 2,837 entries into gold, silver and bronze medal finalists, using criteria committed to integrity, fairness, and expertise.
The November issue of Sunset lists many of this year’s winners in various categories, and while many Monterey County wines were honored with medals, we’re quite proud of the fact that nearly half of the judges’ favorite Gold Medal-winning wines for $15 or less are made from Monterey County grapes.
Here are 3 Monterey wines that Sunset magazine recommends for your “best-buy” list!
GOLD MEDALISTS FOR $15 OR LESS
- Chalone 2010 Chardonnay (Monterey County; $13). This has it all: ideally ripe apple, citrus, and green melon; a streak of minerality; and a hint of caramel.
- Fog Head 2010 Highland Series Reserve Chardonnay (Monterey; $15). Tropical fruit and a touch of lemon oil give this bright wine lots of personality with a crispy side.
- Hahn 2010 “GSM” Grenache 62%, Syrah 34%, Mourvèdre 4% (Central Coast; $14). Juicy cherry flavors, pepper and spice notes, and solid structure.
Other gold medal winners from MCVGA members included J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine and Wente Vineyards.Congratulations to all! Let’s pop a cork to celebrate!
Check out the November issue of Sunset for more winners and information.