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2020 11th Annual Livermore Valley Uncorked

The 11th Annual Uncorked Competition may have been a little different this year, 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 has been amazing witnessing the resiliency and care shown throughout the wine making community.  This was felt again at the ceremony as we celebrated the collective successes of the Livermore Wine Country. We are so proud to support an amazing community. Together, we will come back even stronger.

Below, are the medal winners for the 2020 Livermore Valley Uncorked Competition. Please consider buying a bottle or a case of these premier wines.

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. Wineries were asked to submit a total of up to 6 wines in the following 12 categories:

  • Dry White, excluding Chardonnay (includes SB)
  • Chardonnay ($30.00 or under)
  • Chardonnay (over $30.00)
  • Rosé
  • Italian/Spanish Varietals (e.g., Primitivo/Zinfandel, Barbera, Tempranillo, etc.)
  • Other Red Varietals (at least 75%)
  • Merlot
  • Red Blends
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon ($40.00 or under)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (over $40.00)
  • Petite Sirah

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 Chardonnay (over $30): 2018 Darcie Kent Vineyards Pistachio Lane Chardonnay (Gold) – Also Awarded Best White of Show 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 White of Show: 2018 Darcie Kent Vineyards Pistachio Lane Chardonnay BUY

This was a tasteoff between the Best Dry White, Best Chardonnay under $30 and Best Chardonnay over $30.

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

 

Here are the medal winners in each category:

 

Dry White Wines

2018 Concannon Vineyards Assemblage Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon) (Double Gold, Best in Class) BUY

2019 Fenestra Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Gold

2019 Las Positas Vineyard Verdelho, Gold BUY

2019 Garré Winery Pinot Grigio, Silver

2019 Occasio Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Silver BUY

 

Chardonnay ($30.00 and under)

2018 Wood Family Chardonnay, Para Mas Amigas (Double Gold, Best in Class) BUY

2018 Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, Gold BUY

2018 Cellar 13 Winery Chardonnay, Silver BUY

2016 Rubino Estates Chardonnay Riserva, Bronze BUY

 

Chardonnay (over $30.00)

2018 Darcie Kent Vineyards Pistachio Lane Chardonnay (Gold, Best in Class, Best White of Show) BUY

2018 McGrail Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay, Silver BUY

2018 Nottingham Cellars Micro Lot Reserve Chardonnay, Silver BUY

2018 Occasio Winery Chardonnay, Silver BUY

 

Rosé

2019 Occasio Winery Rosé of Grenache (Double Gold, Best in Class) BUY

2019 Fenestra Winery Grenache Rosé, Gold BUY

2019 Garré Winery Rosato di Sangiovese, Silver

2019 McGrail Vineyard & Winery “Kylie Ryan” Rosé (Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet), Silver BUY

2019 Wood Family “Pink Pearl,” Grenache Rosé, Silver BUY

2018 Las Positas Vineyard Rosé (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Bronze

 

Italian/Spanish Varietals

2017 Rodrigue Molyneaux Sangiovese, Gold, Best in Class

2016 Garré Winery Sangiovese, Silver

2017 Las Positas Vineyard Tempranillo, Silver

NV Rosa Fierro Cellars “Primo” Primitivo, Silver BUY

2016 Rosa Fierro Cellars “Bittersweet Symphony” Zinfandel, Bronze BUY

 

Other Red Varietals (at least 75%)

2017 Crooked Vine Petit Verdot, Gold, Best in Class

2017 Concannon Reserve Petit Verdot, Gold BUY

2014 Fenestra Winery Malbec, Silver BUY

2016 Las Positas Vineyard Petit Verdot, Silver

2015 Fenestra Winery Estate Syrah, Bronze

 

Merlot

2015 McGrail Vineyard & Winery Merlot, Silver, Best in Class BUY

2017 Cellar 13 Winery Merlot, Silver

2017 Cuda Ridge Merlot, Silver BUY

2017 Entropy Cellars Merlot, Silver

2016 Stony Ridge Estate Merlot, Silver

2017 Wood Family Merlot, One Oak Vineyard, Silver BUY

 

Red Blends

2017 Wood Family “The Captain” (Merlot & Cabernet Franc), Gold, Best in Class BUY

2017 Murrieta’s Well “The Spur” (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot), Gold

2017 Stony Ridge “Trifecta” (Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Syrah), Gold

2017 Concannon Vineyards Reserve Stampmaker’s GSM, (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), Silver BUY

2017 Cellar 13 “Tsogadu” (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc), Silver BUY

2016 Darcie Kent Vineyards “Fire Pit Red,” Silver

2017 Las Positas Vineyard “Coccineous” (Graciano, Tempranillo, Monastreli, Garnacha), Silver

2017 Occasio Winery “Telos” (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot), Silver BUY

2017 John Evan Cellars “The Winter Star” (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon), Bronze BUY

 

Cabernet Franc

2016 Occasio Winery Cabernet Franc, Double Gold, Best of Class

2017 Rodrigue Molyneaux Cabernet Franc, Gold

2017 Wood Family Cabernet Franc, Gold

2017 Crooked Vine Estate Cabernet Franc, Silver

2016 Darcie Kent Vineyards “Stone Patch” Cabernet Franc, Silver BUY

2016 Steven Kent Winery Cabernet Franc, Silver BUY

 

Cabernet Sauvignon ($40.00 or under)

2015 Entropy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold, Best of Class

2017 Wood Family “Viva” Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold BUY

2017 Cuda Ridge Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver BUY

2016 Darcie Kent Vineyards “Dog Day” Cabernet, Silver BUY

2017 Garré Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

2017 Occasio Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

 

Cabernet Sauvignon (over $40.00)

2016 Murrieta’s Well Small Lot Cabernet, Double Gold & Best of Class BUY

2016 McGrail Vineyard  & Winery “A Jo’ E’let “The Good Life” Cabernet, Gold BUY

2017 Concannon Vineyards Reserve Mother Vine Cabernet, Silver BUY

2016 McGrail Vineyard & Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver BUY

2016 Steven Kent Winery Smith Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver BUY

2015 Darcie Kent Vineyards Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bronze BUY

 

Petite Sirah

2016 Ruby Hill Petite Sirah, Reserve Collection, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Red and Best of Show BUY

2016 Darcie Kent Vineyards “Madden Big Petite” Petite Sirah, Silver BUY

2016 Garré Winery Petite Sirah, Silver

2017 Stony Ridge Estate Petite Sirah, Silver

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.

Laura Mercier, Executive Director of the TVC, noted, “We are exploring alternative ways to promote Livermore winegrowers and their award-winning wines this year. 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

Thank you for your support and generosity through this challenging time. We hope to see you all next year!”

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

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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.

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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!