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Escondido wineries do well at RVVA Awards

Escondido wineries picked up three ribbons and San Diego County winemakers picked up a record number of medals for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner for the ninth San Diego County Lum Eisenman Wine Competition on June 20 at the San Vicente Resort.
An expanded group of judges of three panels-of-four rated an all-time high number of 114 entries of red, white, and rosé wines made from grapes grown in San Diego County, including from wineries in Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Lakeside, Ramona Valley, and The Wineries on Highway 94. They awarded a record number 9 double gold and 23 gold medals.
RVVA President Bill Schweitzer said, “The awards are not based on a bell curve. Medals are awarded to the wines that deserve a medal ranking. That says our wines are continuing to get better and better.”
Double Gold and Gold Medals
Best of Show, Commercial
Fallbrook Winery, Josh McCourt & Evan Parker, Winemakers (Fallbrook)

Best of Show, Amateur
Pax Ramona, Max Elliott, Winemaker (Ramona)

Double Gold, Commercial
Fallbrook Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Fallbrook)
Fallbrook Winery, Sangiovese 2014 (Fallbrook)
Granite Lion Cellars, Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Granite Lion Cellars, Melody Lane 2017 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery, Estate Petite Sirah 2015 (Ramona)
Julian Winery, Viognier 2017 (Julian)
Schwaesdall Winery, Zinfandel Port 2007 (Ramona)
Vineyard Grant James, Rosé of Syrah 2017 (Ramona)

Double Gold, Amateur
Pax Ramona, Estate Montepulciano 2016 (Ramona)

Gold, Commercial
Casi Cielo Winery, Cabernet Franc 2015 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Castelli Family Vineyards, Estate Syrah 2014 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Crystall Hill Vineyard, Jensen Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Ramona)
Dulzura Vineyard & Winery, Dos Amigas 2017 (Highway 94, Dulzura)
Dulzura Vineyard & Winery, Riesling 2017 (Highway 94, Dulzura)
Espinosa Vineyards, Reserva Especial 2015 (Escondido)
Espinosa Vineyards, Estate Tempranillo 2015 (Escondido)
Fallbrook Winery, Rosé 2017 (Fallbrook)
Granite Lion Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Granite Lion Cellars, Zinfandel 2015 (Highway 94, Jamul)
Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery, Estate Fonzi Field Blend 2017 (Ramona)
Highland Valley Vineyards, Craftsman Cuvee II 2014 (Escondido)
Pamo Valley Winery, Estate Sangiovese Unfiltered 2016 (Ramona)
Principe di Tricase Winery, Estate Nebbiolo 2016 (Ramona)
Schwaesdall Winery, Craignan Port 2006 (Ramona)
Schwaesdall Winery, Tawny Port 2005 (Ramona)
Trevi Hills Winery, Trevi Hills Vineyard Rosé of Sangiovese 2017 (Lakeside)
Trevi Hills Winery, Trevi Hills Vineyard Syrah 2016 (Lakeside)
Vineyard Grant James, Viognier 2017 (Ramona)
Westfall Winery, Estate Fiano 2017 (Highway 94, Campo)

Gold, Amateur
Nicholson Family Vineyards, Estate Emerge (Tannat) 2016
Panacea, Red Blend #1 2017
Scanlan Vineyard, Late Harvest Zinfandel Fortified 2017

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About Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA)
The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) was founded in 2001 “to promote, protect and enhance the Ramona Valley AVA, our wines, vintners, and community.” The RVVA was largely responsible for creating the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2006 and the sponsoring organization for the effort to create the Boutique Winery Ordinance in 2010. Current President: Bill Schweitzer. For more information see:

One response to “Escondido wineries do well at RVVA Awards”

  1. SoCal Baker says:

    Maybe my math is off but 3 out of 33 awards is not doing well.

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