Just over a week ago, on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, a panel of a most unique assortment convened in Lodi, California to pass judgment on over one hundred wines from more than ten United Sates and three foreign countries. The results? The home team (California) won!
Here are just a few of the tallies, according to my calculations, of the medal-winning entrants. California, as is to be expected, had the greatest number of medal-winning wineries represented, about ninety, with Washington state a very distant second, with five. Coming up in third is a three way tie at three a piece - Indiana, New York and the International entries. Other states who came to play: Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Oregon.
Of the ninety or so California wineries entered into this competition, many had multiple wines to be judged. Of these, over one hundred of them were made with grapes being sourced from the Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area). Represented in the state are places you expect to see - Lodi, Napa Valley, Paso Robles - as well as Livermore, Amador County, and Sonoma. Not to be left out are Monterey, Santa Barbara and Ventura, Lake County and Mendocino, Tuolmne, Calaveras County and Clarksburg, and Russian River Valley and El Dorado County.
Of the Lodi AVA's, over one hundred forty medals were given, including eight platinum medals and three Best of Class awards. Thirty-two gold medals were awarded, and silver and bronze were each doled out at fifty-nine a piece. All in all, a pretty staggering medal count to all!
What does all this mean for you? It means you should mark April 19th on your calendars, and plan to attend the Taste of Gold event, for it is here that you will have the opportunity to taste many of the platinum and gold medal award-winning wines. For a complete list of winners, and to purchase your tickets for the April 19th, Taste of Gold event, go to www.consumerwineawards.com.