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Contra Costa wines take home 36 medals at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 3:41 pm in Corkheads.

Le Melange Blanc 2009

The results of the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in, and wines made from grapes grown in Contra Costa County did pretty darn well. Yes, we have terroir.

Brentwood’s Hannah Nicole Vineyards took home 13 medals, including a gold for their 2009 Le Melange Blanc. They won silver medals for four wines, including the 2007 Meritage Red, and eight bronze medals.

It’s the third year in a row that Hannah Nicole wines have placed in the competition, which received more than 5,000 entries from around the country this year.

Five more wineries that are either located in Contra Costa County or make wines with grapes grown there took home a total of 23 medals. Walnut Creek’s Shadowbrook Winery won a gold for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and Bloomfield Vineyards took home an impressive Best of Class for its 2008 Pinot Noir.

The public tasting is Feb. 19 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. For more information, visit the competition’s site.

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  • Jason

    Congrats to Hannah Nicole and all the other local wineries that won in SF! A few of my favorites were not mentioned here but all of them are worth seeking out. Cheers!!!

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Indeed, so many to mention. But pretty cool that we had multiple winner right in our paper’s backyard.

  • keith

    We were pleased to see that a few of our own choices from our website for wine reviews and recommendations made the list. Nice to know that even our own down-to-earth tastes in affordable, but good wine match up with the experts!