Escondido winery Speckle Rock Vineyards won a gold medal for their 2017 Estate Falanghina at The Toast of the Coast wine competition; and Highland Valley Vineyards won a silver for their 2015 Craftsman Cuvee III.
In total, 10 winery members from the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) received 22 awards from The Toast of the Coast wine competition where more than 800 wines from throughout California and beyond were judged. This is an indication of the continued success of the relatively new San Diego winemakers to produce wines competitive with well-established wineries.
Professional judges tasted 820 wines from 135 wineries, including established wineries located in Napa, Sonoma, Amador Valley, Alexander Valley, and Paso Robles, on February 16-17, 2019 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The competition awarded gold and silver medals along with the Double Gold Award, which is reserved for the finest wines deemed worthy by a four-judge panel consisting of one wine writer, one wine maker, one professional sommelier and one wine marketer. In addition, Best Varietal and Best of Appellation Awards were given to the top performing wines in each varietal or blended category as merited.
Bill Schweitzer, president of the RVVA, said, “We congratulate our member wineries who continue to receive recognition of their outstanding wines. We also applaud the “Friends of the RVVA” in San Diego County who were awarded medals for an additional 13 wines; and other County wines that demonstrate that San Diego County is a growing region of fine wines competitive with well-established California wineries.”