Placer County wineries win 20 awards

Lone Buffalo winemaker and owner Phil Maddux

Here’s a press release from the Placer County wineries:

Placer County Wineries Win 20 Awards at SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Placer County Wins Big for Big Wines at America’s Largest Wine Competition

(Auburn, CA) – It’s another big award-wining start to 2011 for Placer County wineries. To the delight of local vintners and wine enthusiasts, Placer County Wineries recently brought home twenty medals from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine

America’s largest wine judging event, this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition received more than 5,000 entries from twenty-three states and is considered to be the premier competition of American varietals.

David Snyder, Director of Economic Development for Placer County and a member of a county-wide task force established to investigate and foster the wine industry’s potential for development in Placer County, believes this kind of recognition shows that Placer County wines can stand with the best.

“I know I speak for the entire Placer County Wine Industry Task Force in congratulating our vintners on winning twenty awards this year. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is one of the most prestigious and discerning in the country, so this
accomplishment is a testament to the passion our winemakers bring to their craft,” he commented.

The local San Francisco Chronicle wine competition winners include:
• Ciotti Cellars, one Silver
• Le Casque, one Gold, three Bronze
• Cristaldi Vineyards, two Bronze
• Lone Buffalo Vineyards, one Silver, one Bronze
• Duarte Family Vineyards (Popie), one Silver, two Bronze • Mt. Vernon Winery, two Golds, one Silver, one Bronze
• Fawnridge Winery, one Silver, one Bronze • Viña Castellano, two Silver

All of these wines are available to taste at the local wineries, most of which are open every weekend to visitors. The Placer County Vintners Association has developed an organized wine trail (The Placer County Wine Trail) which includes stops at seven wineries where visitors can meet winery owners and winemakers, and sample these award-winning wines first-hand.

The trail, which is just a short 30 minute drive from Sacramento, runs through Newcastle, Auburn and Lincoln is easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49.
For more information on these wineries and the Placer County Wine Trail visit

Placer County Vintne’s Association is a non-profit association formed to provide a forum for Placer County wineries to collaborate on events and programs that support the local community, develop marketing programs to increase awareness of the Placer County Wine Trail, and to share best practices and provide a quality experience for winery visitors.

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