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Friday, August 05, 2011

Best of Class Whites from the LA International Wine & Spirits Competition

This year's Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, the 72nd annual, featured nearly 3,200 wines, tasted and rated by a 64-member panel of international judges. From among 50 categories of white wines, these were selected a Best of Class wines from their respective designations:

Albarino
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Abacela www.abacela.com
Albarino, Estate, Umpqua Valley 2010
Tangent www.nivenfamilywines.com
Albarino, SIP Certified Sustainable, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley 2009

Auxerrois
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery www.gehringerwines.ca
Auxerrois, Classic, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010

Cayuga
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Swedish Hill Winery www.swwedishhill.com
Cayuga, Finger Lakes 2010

Chardonnay, Non Vintage
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Carlo Rossi www.carlorossi.com
Chardonnay, California

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2010
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Jacob's Creek www.jacobscreek.com
Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia 2010

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2009, 0-$14.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Cameron Hughes Wine www.chwine.com
Chardonnay, Lot 222, Los Carneros 2009
Concannon Vineyard www.concannonvineyard.com
Chardonnay, Conservancy, Livermore Valley 2009

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2009, $15.00-$29.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 95 Points
Talaria www.talariavineyards.com
Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2009

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2009, $30.00 and up
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 95 Points
Darcie Kent Vineyards www.darciekentvineyards.com
Chardonnay, De Mayo Vineyard, Livermore Valley 2009

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2008, 0-$14.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Tabor Hill Winery www.taborhill.com
Chardonnay, Lake Michigan Shore 2008
Chardonnay, Oaked, 2008, $15.00 and up
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Lynmar Estate www.lynmarestate.com
Chardonnay, Quail Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley 2008
Lynmar Estate www.lynmarestate.com
Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2008

Chardonnay, Oaked, 2007 or earlier
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Lafond Winery www.lafondwinery.com
Chardonnay, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills 2007

Chardonnay, Unoaked, 2009, 0-$14.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Wakefield Estate Www.Wakefieldwines.com
Chardonnay, Unwooded,promised Land, South Australia 2009

Chardonnay, Unoaked, 2008 or earlier
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
White Truck www.whitetruckwine.com
Chardonnay, Central Coast 2008

Chenin Blanc
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Navarro Vineyards www.navarrovineyards.com
Chenin Blanc, Mendocino 2010

Diamond
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 96 Points
Thirsty Owl Wine Company www.thirstyowl.com
Diamond, Finger Lakes 2010

Ehrenfelser
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery www.gehringerwines.ca
Ehrenfelser, Classic, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010

Gewurztraminer, Medium Dry (1.0-2%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Ventana www.ventanawines.com
Gewurztraminer, Estate Grown, Arroyo Seco 2009

Gewurztraminer, Medium Sweet (2.1-4%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
South Coast Winery www.southcoastwinery.com
Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley 2009
Riesling, Dry (0<1%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 95 Points
Wolf Blass www.wolfblass.com.au
Riesling, Yellow Label, South Australia 2008

Riesling, Medium Dry (1.0-2%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Chateau Lafayette Reneau www.clrwine.com
Riesling, Estate, Finger Lakes 2010
Swedish Hill Winery www.swedishhill.com
Riesling, Dry, Finger Lakes 2009
Riesling, Medium Sweet (2.1-4%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 95 Points
Frisk www.friskwines.com
Riesling, Prickly, Alpine Valleys Australia 2010

Riesling, Sweet (4.1-6%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 96 Points
St. James Winery www.stjameswinery.com
Riesling, American
Muscat, Medium Sweet (2.1-4%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Motos Liberty www.motosliberty.com
Moscato, California 2009
Woodbridge www.woodbridge.com
Muscat, Medium Sweet, California 2010
Muscat, Sweet (4.1+%RS)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Almaden www.almaden.com
Moscato, Heritage, California
Eberle Winery www.eberlewinery.com
Muscat, Sweet, Estate, Paso Robles 2010
Pinot Blanc
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Valley of the Moon Winery www.valleyofthemoonwinery.com
Pinot Blanc, Sonoma County 2009

Pinot Gris
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Red Rooster Winery www.redroosterwinery.com
Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010
Pinot Grigio
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Montevina www.tfewines.com
Pinot Grigio, California 2010

Roussanne
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
McPherson Cellars www.mcphersoncellars.com
Roussanne, Texas 2010

Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, 0-$14.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
South Coast Winery www.southcoastwinery.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Musque Clone, Temecula Valley 2010

Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, $15.00 and up
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Stoneleigh www.stoneleigh.co.nz
Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2010

Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, 0-$14.99
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Cameron Hughes Wine www.chwine.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Lot 225, Leyda Valley, Chile 2009
Main Street Winery www.tfewines.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey 2009

Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, $15.00 and up
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Wakefield Estate Www.Wakefieldwines.com
Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills Australia 2009

Seyval Blanc
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Wollersheim Winery www.wollersheim.com
Seyval Blanc, Prairie Fume, American 2010

Sovereign Opal
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Calona Vineyards www.calonavineyards.ca
Sovereign Opal, Artist Series, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010

Traminette
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 95 Points
Tabor Hill Winery www.taborhill.com
Traminette, Lake Michigan Shore 2010
Vidal
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 96 Points
Cedar Creek Winery www.cedarcreekwinery.com
Vidal, American

Vignoles
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
St. James Winery www.stjameswinery.com
Vignoles, Ozark Highlands 2010
Stone Hill Winery www.stonehillwinery.com
Vignoles, Missouri 2010

Viognier
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Robert Hall Winery www.roberthallwinery.com
Viognier, Paso Robles 2009

Dry White Blend
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery www.gehringerwines.ca
Dry White Blend, Dessert Sun, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010
Michael David Winery www.MichaelDavidWinery.com
Dry White Blend, Incognito, Lodi 2010

Rhone Style White Blend
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Sonoma Valley Portworks www.americanbeveragegroup.com
Rhone Style White Blend, Irma La Tage, California 2009

Non Vinifera White Blend
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Stone Hill Winery www.stonehillwinery.com
Non Vinifera White Blend, Steinberg White, Missouri 2010

Sweet White Blend
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Tabor Hill Winery www.taborhill.com
Sweet White Blend, Classic Demi-Sec, Lake Michigan Shore

Other Non Vinifera White Varietals
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Coyote Moon Vineyards www.coyotemoonvineyards.com
Brianna, Brianna, New York 2010

Torrontes (Argentina)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Medrano Estate Vineyard www.filuswine.com
Torrontes, Salta, Argentina 2010
Moscato (Italy)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 93 Points
La Caliera www.borgomaragliano.com
Moscato, Piemonte DOCG Italia 2010

Italian White Blend (Italy)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Villa Schinosa www.guidimarcello.com
Italian White Blend, Biancone, Puglia IGT 2009

Albarino (Spain)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 92 Points
Paco & Lola www.pacolola.com
Albarino, Rias Baixas DO Spain 2010

Riesling Blends
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 94 Points
Fulkerson Winery www.fulkersonwinery.com
Riesling Blends, Riesling-Traminette Finger Lakes 2009

Retsina (Greece)
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Karela www.estina.biz
Retsina, Patras, Greece

Pecorino
Best Of Class, Gold Medal - 91 Points
Curtes www.lecortideifarfensi.it
Pecorino, DOC Italia 2010

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