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Madera County Wineries Earn ‘High Recognition’ at Recent Competitions

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MADERA – Wines made in Madera County are getting noticed — even amid a pandemic. The results are in from the distinguished Sunset International Wine Competition, which took place June 22 in Santa Rosa. Several Madera County wineries received “high” recognition at the competition. 

Ficklin Vineyards received double gold, 95 points, for both their Aged 10 Years Tawny Port and the Old Vine Tinta Port.

Westbrook Wine Farm’s 2015 Fait Accompli, a co-fermented field blend of 6 grape varieties, earned gold and 91 points.

The Sunset International Wine Competition also awarded San Joaquin Winery silver for their 2018 Moody Press Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Paul Lorry Merlot, 2018 Toschi Vineyards Pinot Noir and 2019 Moody Press Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.

This year’s Sunset International Wine Competition saw a 10-percent increase in entries over last year, despite the pandemic. A record 12 judging panels were needed to accommodate the volume of entries, along with physical distancing requirements. Judging panels were comprised of 36 industry experts, including journalists, buyers and winemakers, who judged wines from all over the world.

A complete list of medal winners from the Sunset International Wine Competition from the Madera and Fresno area can be viewed here.

In the Monterey Wine Festival Judging, Fäsi Estate Winery’s Central Coast label Buoyant earned gold for their 2018 Pinot Noir and Fäsi Estate Winery’s Rose Bianca and Rose Syrah received bronze.

For more information about the awards and wineries, contact the Madera Vintners Association at 559-975-6083 or wendy@maderavintners.com or visit www.MaderaWineTrail.com.

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