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Livermore Valley Uncorked Wine Competition


2022 13th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked

Thank you to all who attended our Livermore Valley Uncorked Awards Celebration! Below are the medal winners of the 2022 competition. These wines represent just a fraction of the amazing wine that Livermore Valley has to offer. Whether you are looking for a great wine as a gift or for yourself every wine on this list is sure to impress.


Best of Show and Best Red goes to Nottingham Cellars’ Micro Lot Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon gardnering an impressive 93 points and a unanimous Double Gold rating from our esteemed judges BUY 

Best Rosé was awarded to 2021 Almost Famous Winery’s refreshing “Wine Without Borders” Rosé with 91 points and a Double Gold rating BUY

Best White went Darcie Kent’s 2021 Sauvignon Blanc with 92 points and a Double Gold rating. BUY

Best in Class Winners

Other Dry White: 2021 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Sauvignon Blanc (Double Gold) BUY

Chardonnay: 2020 Wood Family Vineyards, Para Mas Amigas (Gold) BUY

Rosé: 2021 Almost Famous Wine Company, Wine Without Borders (Double Gold) BUY

Cabernet Sauvignon ($40 or Less): 2018 Almost Famous Wine Company, Dog Day (Double Gold)

Cabernet Sauvignon (Above $40): 2017 Nottingham Cellars, Micro Lot Reserve (Double Gold) BUY

Cabernet Franc: 2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Cabernet Franc (Double Gold) BUY

Merlot: 2019 Wood Family Vineyards, One Oak Vineyard (Gold) BUY 

Petite Sirah: 2019 Concannon Vineyard, Reserve Petite Sirah Nina’s Cuvee (Double Gold) BUY

Bordeaux Blends: 2018 Almost Famous Wine Company, Choregraphy (Double Gold) BUY

Other Single Varietal Bordeaux: 2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Petit Verdot (Double Gold) BUY

Primitivo/Zinfandel: 2019 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Field Blend Zin (Double Gold)

Other Reds: 2019 Las Positas Vineyards, Syrah (Double Gold)

Medal Winning Wines

OTHER DRY WHITE

2021 Almost Famous Wine Company, Pistachio Lane (Gold) BUY

2021 Garré Vineyard & Winery, Pinot Grigio (Gold)

2021 Almost Famous Wine Company, Pistachio Lane (Silver) BUY

2019 Concannon Vineyard, Reserve Semillon (Silver) BUY

2021 Nella Terra Cellars, Viognier (Silver) BUY

2021 Wood Family Vineyards, Albariño (Silver) BUY

CHARDONNAY

2019 Arroyo Cellars, Chardonnay (Gold) BUY

2019 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Chardonnay (Gold) BUY

2020 Las Positas Vineyards, Estate Chardonnay (Silver) BUY

ROSÉ

2021 Garré Vineyard & Winery, Rosato di Sangiovese (Gold)

2021 Wood Family Vineyards, Pink Pearl (Gold) BUY

2021 Occasio Winery, Occasio Rosé (Silver) BUY

2020 McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Kylie Ryan Rosé (Bronze) BUY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON ($40 OR LESS)

2018 Rubino Estates Winery, Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Gold) BUY

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Viva (Gold) BUY

2019 Almost Famous Wine Company, Firepit (Silver)

2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon (Silver) BUY

2018 Occasio Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon (Silver) BUY

CABERNET SAUVIGNON (ABOVE $40)

2018 Concannon Vineyard, Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon (Double Gold) BUY

2018 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Clone 30 (Double Gold) BUY

2017 McGrail Vineyards and Winery, A Jó Elét “The Good Life” (Double Gold) BUY

2018 The Lineage Collection, “The Premier” by Steven Kent Mirassou (Double Gold)  BUY

2018 BoaVentura de Caires Winery, Maroon Label (Silver) BUY

2017 Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars, The Blind Pig (Bronze) BUY

CABERNET FRANC

2019 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Stone Patch (Double Gold)

2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Cabernet Franc (Gold) BUY

2018 Occasion Winery, Cabernet Franc (Silver)

MERLOT

2019 Las Positas Vineyards, Merlot (Silver)

2019 Arroyo Cellars, Merlot (Bronze) BUY

2019 Cuda Ridge Wines, Merlot (Bronze) BUY

2019 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Old Vines (Bronze)

PETITE SIRAH

2018 Concannon Vineyard, Reserve Petite Sirah (Double Gold) BUY

2018 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Ghost Vines (Double Gold) BUY

2019 Arroyo Cellars, Petite Sirah (Gold) BUY

2017 Ruby Hill Winery, Jewel Collection Petite Sirah, Estate Reserve (Gold) BUY

2018 Nottingham Cellars, Micro Lot Reserve (Silver)

BORDEAUX BLENDS

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, The Captain (Double Gold) BUY

2019 Almost Famous Wine Company, Firepit (Gold) BUY

2019 Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars, Chateau Marion (Gold) BUY

2018 Concannon Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Red Blend (Gold) BUY

2018 Occasion Winery, Telso (Silver) BUY

2018 Cellar 13 Winery, Tsogadu (Bronze)

OTHER SINGLE VARIETAL BORDEAUX

2019 Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars, Malbec (Double Gold)

2019 Darcie Kent Estate Winery, Petit Verdot (Double Gold)  BUY

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Petit Verdot (Gold) BUY

PRIMITIVO/ZINFANDEL

2019 Wood Family Vineyards, Big Wood Zin (Double Gold) BUY

2019 Ruby Hill Winery, Jewel Collection Zinfandel (Gold)

2018 Garré Vineyard & Winery, Primitivo (Silver)

2019 Arroyo Cellars, Zinfandel (Bronze)

OTHER REDS

2018 Garré Vineyard & Winery, Sangiovese (Double Gold)

2019 Las Positas Vineyards, Tempranillo (Double Gold) BUY

2019 Concannon Vineyard, Reserve Stampmakers GSM (Gold) BUY

2018 Garré Vineyard & Winery, Syrah (Gold)

2019 Big White House Winery & John Evan Cellars, Syrah (Silver) BUY

2019 Las Positas Vineyards, Reserve Barbera (Silver)

2019 Las Positas Vineyards, LVVC (Vintners Collective Red Blend) (Silver)

2019 Nottingham Cellars, Casa de Viñas – Select Blocks (Gold) BUY


2021 12th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked

Below are the medal winners of the 2021 competition: Download Full List of Medal Winners Here

Best of Show and Best White – Occasio Winery’s 2020 Malvasia Bianca (Double Gold, 96 Points) BUY

Best Rosé – Wood Family Vineyard’s 2020 “Pink Pearl” Rosé (Double Gold, 93 Points) BUY

Best Red – Nella Terra Cellars’ 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Double Gold, 95 Points) BUY

Best in Class Winners

Best Other Dry White: 2020 Malvasia Bianca, Occasio Winery (Double Gold, 96 Points) BUY

Best Chardonnay ($30 and under): 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar 13 (Gold, 91 Points) BUY

Best Chardonnay (over $30): 2019 Chardonnay, Occasio Winery (Gold, 93 Points) BUY

Best Rosé: 2020 Rosé of Grenache “Pink Pearl”, Wood Family Vineyards (Double Gold, 93 Points) BUY

Best Merlot: 2018 Page Mill Winery, Merlot (Double Gold, 93 Points) BUY

Best Rhone Blend: 2017 Fenestra Winery, Infrared (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache) (Double Gold, 94 Points)

Best Bordeaux Blend: 2018 Wood Family Vineyards, “The Captain” (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon) (Double Gold, 95 Points) BUY

Best Other Red Varietal (at least 75%): 2018 Cuda Ridge Wines, Petit Verdot (Double Gold, 92 Points) BUY

Best Cabernet Franc: 2018 The Steven Kent Winery, L’autre Côte Cabernet Franc (Double Gold, 93 Points)

Best Cabernet Sauvignon ($40 and under): 2018 Darcie Kent Vineyards, Tesla Neighbors Cabernet Sauvignon (Double Gold, 92 Points) BUY

Best Cabernet Sauvignon (over $40): 2018 Nella Terra Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon (Double Gold, 95 Points) BUY

Best Petite Sirah: 2018 Concannon Vineyard, Nina’s Cuvée Petite Sirah, Reserve Collection (Double Gold, 95 Points) BUY

Download Full List of Medal Winners Here

2020 11th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked

The 11th Annual Uncorked Competition may have been a little different, but continued the trend of ever more impressive selections coming out of our Livermore wineries. Although we could not have an in person celebration, each winning winemaker was recognized at an informal zoom award ceremony. It was amazing to witness the resiliency and care shown throughout the wine-making community. We are so proud to support an amazing community. Together, we will come back even stronger.

Initial screening of the wines submitted occurred in March, prior to the pandemic, and was judged over three days by many of the region’s winemakers. From the original 123 submissions, 69 went on to the final round, where they were judged blind by three wine writers, Jim Gordon of Wine Enthusiast, Laura Ness of Spirited and Wine Industry Advisor, and Fred Swan of NorCal Wines.

Best Red and Best in Show went to the statuesque 2016 Ruby Hill Petite Sirah, Reserve Collection. Fittingly, Petite Sirah is a varietal long associated with the Livermore winegrowing region, and was first varietally bottled by 3rd generation vintner, Jim Concannon, in 1963. BUY

Best Dry White: 2018 Concannon Vineyards Assemblage Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon) (Double Gold) BUY

Best Chardonnay ($30 and under): 2018 Wood Family Para Mas Amigas (Double Gold) BUY

Best White and Best Chardonnay (over $30): 2018 Darcie Kent Vineyards Pistachio Lane Chardonnay (Gold) – BUY

Best Rosé: 2019 Occasio Winery Rosé of Grenache (Double Gold) BUY

Best Italian/Spanish Varietal: 2017 Rodrigue Molyneaux Sangiovese

Best Other Red: 2017 Crooked Vine Petit Verdot

Best Merlot: 2015 McGrail Vineyard & Winery Merlot BUY

Best Red Blend: 2017 Wood Family “The Captain” (Merlot and Cabernet Franc) BUY

Best Cabernet Franc: 2016 Occasio Winery Cabernet Franc (Double Gold)

Best Cabernet Sauvignon ($40 and under): 2016 Entropy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon BUY

Best Cabernet Sauvignon (over $40): 2016 Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Cabernet (Double Gold) BUY

Best Petite Sirah: 2016 Ruby Hill Petite Sirah, Reserve Collection (Double Gold) BUY

Best Of Show pitted all three Best of winners against one another, with the 2016 Ruby Hill Reserve Collection Petite Sirah besting the lot for its embodiment of both the varietal and the region. BUY

View all medal winners for 2020: click here

Congratulations to all the wineries who participated, to all the winning winemakers and to all those who gave of their time and talents to put on this competition during a challenging era. Special thanks go to Georgie Saucedo of the TVC, whose tireless behind the scenes efforts made this possible.

Here are a few ways you can still enjoy your local wine region:

  • Ship your favorite wines to yourself and your friends
  • Join a wine club
  • Follow a winery on social media
  • Participate in SIP at-home events
  • Subscribe to a winery mailing list
  • Grab a bottle and do a virtual wine tasting
  • Check out the UNCORKED shopping lists of our competition’s favorite wines

For questions, please contact Event Program Manager Georgie Saucedo by email or at (925) 449-8706.

2020 Medal Round Judges:  Jim Gordon, Laura Ness, Fred Swan. See the Judges’ bios here.

Looking for the Livermore Valley Uncorked Celebration Event? Click here!

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2019 10th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked

The 10th Annual Uncorked Celebration included 12 varietal categories. The sold out crowd of wine lovers were able to sample the best of the best Livermore Valley AVA grown wines.  This public event held on Thursday, April 4th showcased all the medal winning wines from 60 wineries.  Livermore City Manager Marc Roberts was our charismatic MC for the event.  Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty enthusiastically announced our winners.  They were a dynamic duo!  The VIP Winemaker Lounge was all the rage and included a private reception where guests were the first the sample the winning wines one hour prior to the general public.  This reception also included butler passed hors d’ oeuvres and mingling with the winemakers.  Later, VIP guests enjoyed a private inter-active Banana Fosters dessert station paired with their winemaker host’s favorite wines.  Yum!

Las Positas Vineyards Verdelho 2018 took home Best in Show, along with Best in Class for “Other Dry White”.  Best Rose went to Garre Vineyard and Winery with Rosato di Sangiovese 2018.  Best Red went to Stony Ridge Trifecta 2016 under the “Red Blend” category.  For a complete list of all the award winning wines, click here.

Our huge thanks to all of the winegrowers and winemakers who showcased the quality of what our region’s viticulture heritage and savvy land preservation strategies can produce. A delicious win-win for all! Our enormous gratitude to each of the judges and volunteers who made this event possible!

To see the best wines of each category, please check our complimentary Wine Shopping List here.

See the Judges’ bios here.

For questions, please call us at (925) 449-8706.

Looking for the Livermore Valley Uncorked Celebration? Click here!


2018 Livermore Valley Uncorked

The ninth year of the wine competition boasted 12 revamped varietal categories that attracted more than 100 Livermore Valley wines vying to be the best of the best. The competition was tougher than ever before with space for only 60 wines to move on to the medal round and qualify for your unlimited winetasting pleasure at the public Livermore Valley Uncorked celebration held on Thursday April 12th at the Palm Event Center.
The night of the celebration, the best of the categories were announced by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty to the crowd of wine enthusiasts and winemakers alike eager to hear the top winners. The newest Best category, Best Rosé, was added just last year when it took the competition by storm, winning Best in Show. This year, a new rosé won the honor of Best Rosé as the judges’ palates determined McGrail Vineyards’ Kylie Ryan Rosé 2017 was the top entry. DePorted 2012 by BoaVentura de Caires Winery was awarded the distinction of the Best Sweet Wine. The title of Best White went to the Best Other Dry White varietal, Longevity’s Pinot Blanc 2017. All of the the Tri-Valley’s medal-winning wines are fantastic. Yes, we may be a little biased. However, this year, one wine garnered four medals and three titles. The Best Cabernet Franc, Best Red, and Best in Show was Wood Family Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc 2015.
Our huge thanks to all of the winegrowers and winemakers who showcased the quality of what our region’s viticulture heritage and savvy land preservation strategies can produce. A delicious win-win for all! Our enormous gratitude to each of the judges and volunteers who made this event possible!

To see the best wines of each category, please check our complimentary Wine Shopping List here.

See the Judges’ bios here.

For questions, please call us at (925) 449-8706.

Looking for the Livermore Valley Uncorked Celebration? Click here!

 


2017 Livermore Valley Uncorked

More than 80 wines representing over 30 wineries competed in the 2017 Livermore Valley Uncorked wine competition. Uncorked showcases wines made from grapes grown in the Livermore American Viticultural Area. Many of these grapes are quite literally the fruit of land preservation efforts in the Tri-Valley that wouldn’t be possible without Tri-Valley Conservancy’s great land, park, city and county partners and all of our amazing supporters.

2017 was the first year a Rosé category was added to the competition and everyone was swept off their feet by one of the entries which took Best in Show! To see the best wines of each category, please check our complimentary Wine Shopping List here.

Check out all of the 2017 competition’s Ribbon-Winning wines here.

You can see the 2017 Livermore Valley Uncorked Photo Gallery here.

Our heartfelt gratitude to all of the wine makers, wine growers, judges and volunteers who made this event the most successful yet. Thank you!

See the Judges’ bios here.

For questions, please call us at (925) 449-8706.

Looking for the Livermore Valley Uncorked Celebration? Click here!