The 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition

The annual comprehensive judging of high elevation wines

ANNOUNCING the 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition showcasing wines that identify Lake County on the label.

Located on the elevated ridges and flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Range to the east, Lake County wines are revealing intense flavors and compelling quality. It is once again time to evaluate the evolution of style coming from this re-emerging wine region.

This competition will commence on June 11th at Brassfield Estate Winery where a panel of 10 wine experts will blind-taste and judge all wines submitted and select the winners in each category.

Among the esteemed panel of wine experts are: Tom Simoneau, "The Wine Guy", KSRO Radio; Christopher Sawyer, Wine Educator and Freelance Writer, Sommelier at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar; Ken Landis, Chef and Owner of Landis Shores Ocean Front Inn, Half Moon Bay; and John Giannini, Viticulture & Enology Lecturer, Fresno State.

Bob FraserBob Fraser, wine studies adjunct instructor and recently retired head of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program, also associated with the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, will preside as coordinator for the professional judging.

Participating wineries are asked to submit their entry forms by May 13th and their wine entries by May 27th. All Lake County wines made in and outside the county using at least 75% Lake County grapes are encouraged to enter.

The community will be able to taste the winners at Langtry Estate & Vineyard on Saturday, June 14th where the people get to 'blind taste' the judges' top picks and select the "People's Choice." We are anticipating that the exposure for the winning wines will be the largest in this competition's history.

If you have any questions, please call Terry Dereniuk, Executive Director for Lake County Winery Association at (707) 357-5237.

Thank you for your participation and good luck!

Bob Fraser

Wine bottles from 2011 Competition

Entry forms for the 2014 Lake County Wine Awards Competition are due May 13th!

The Call for Entries has recently been released. If you have not received yours or need another copy, please click here.


Lake County Wine Awards

5/13/2014 - Entry forms due

5/27/2014 - Wine entries due

6/11/2014 - Competition begins

6/13/2014 - Results available

6/14/2014 - People's Choice at Langtry Estate & Vineyard
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Lake County Wine Awards

Wine Cave Photo in header by John McJunkin