Calaveras County Wineries Strike GOLD in California Wine Competitions!


[June 29, 2021 - Murphys, CA] Winners have been announced for both the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition and the Orange County Fair Competition! 15 Calaveras County Wineries entered the "40th Annual Sierra Foothills Wine Show" that took place on Friday, June 25th at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. This year, 18 esteemed judges thoughtfully evaluated 211 wines in the day-long event. Professional wine reviewers, judges, and writers from across California included: Tom Bender, Dan Berger, Mark Chandler, Tana Cole, Patrick Dodd, Mike Dunne, Jim Gordon, Michael Kelly, Mike Kerrigan, Ellen Landis, Curtis Mann, Martin Maxwell, Dale Pollard, Susan Reiner-Lyon, Jackson Starr, Jim Twiford, Paul Wagner, and Evan Williams.


Tom Bender, competition manager, oversaw the teams of judges and a group of esteemed volunteers as each wine was thoughtfully evaluated. The annual wine show is hosted by Laurie Giannini, CEO and Fair Manager at the 39th District Agricultural Association, Calaveras County Fair. Laurie and Gay Callan, Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Board Member, Calaveras County Fair Board Member, and Grower, worked together to provide keepsake wine glasses for this year's show.


Of the 211 wines entered, 194 vintners took home medals. Find the complete list of 2021 Sierra Foothills Wine Show winners by wine type below. Enjoy these award-winning wines at tasting rooms throughout Calaveras Wine Country this summer and view our Winery Member Page HERE for visitor information.


Number of medals awarded by type:


Double Golds: 22

Golds: 28

Silver: 88

Bronze: 56


Some of our winery families and vintners shared their thoughts about the recognition received....


Kirsten Locke, Director of Operations, Locke Vineyards, remarks, “Locke Rosé has become a quick popular wine in our line up at The Barn and we are thrilled to hear the results from the Sierra Foothills Wine Show. The 2020 release showcases a field blend of two different varietals from both of our Calaveras vineyards. Thank you for the reco