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Calaveras Winemaking Families Awarded Top Honors at the 42nd Annual Sierra Foothills Wine Show

Updated: May 3, 2023

[May 1, 2023 - Murphys, CA] Winners have been announced for this year's Sierra Foothills Wine Competition! 16 Calaveras County Wineries entered the "42nd Annual Sierra Foothills Wine Show" that took place on Friday, April 28th at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. This year, 18 esteemed judges thoughtfully evaluated 243 wines in the day-long event. Professional wine reviewers, judges, and writers from across California included: Christopher. Sawyer, Dan Berger, Tana Cole, Mike Kerrigan, Mark Chandler, Mike Dunn, Martin Maxwell, and John Mensinger - to name a shortlist.

Tom Bender, competition manager, oversaw the teams of esteemed judges and Mark Silverstone, CWA Education & Events Manager, assisted along with a group of 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. The Calaveras County best-in-show, double-gold and gold-medal winning wines will be on display at the Calaveras County Fair Wine Pavilion May 18th through 21st. Fair goers will enjoy wine by the glass and bottle sales as well as Calaveras Wine Country Educational Exhibits. In addition to the wine bar, the wine pavilion features an exhibit space that includes an interactive, self-guided experience showcasing sustainable practices in viticulture and winemaking during the annual fair. Past exhibits include Cover Crops in the Vineyards, Exploration of Diverse Soil Samplings from Calaveras Wine Country, Predatory Birds and Bug Use in Grape Growing, and Benefits of Vineyard Hedge Rows in Grape Growing. The Calaveras County Fairgrounds Wine Pavilion sponsored by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is located at 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp, CA.


And, now for the results! Drum Roll please........

A total of 25 Double Gold Awards, 46 Gold Awards, 100 Silver Awards, and 45 Bronze Awards were presented. A big round of applause goes out to our Calaveras Winegrape Alliance members who took home TOP HONORS! Find the complete results HERE.

A big round of applause goes to the CWA members who scored Double Golds (see below). NOW is a great time to get out and explore these special wines in our-family run tasting rooms across Calaveras Wine Country.


Above the Rush Wines 2019 GG Red Blend Best of Calaveras Red

Black Sheep Winery 2020 GG "Calaveras" Zinfandel


Gossamer Winery 2019 GG Negromaro Other Italian Varietal


Gossamer Winery 2019 GG Nebbiolo Other Italian Varietal

Hatcher Winery Non Vintage. GG Best of Show Dessert Wine


Indian Rock Vineyard 2018 GG Vermentino

Indian Rock Vineyard 2018 GG Reserve Chardonnay


Ironstone Winery 2020 GG Reserve Tempranillo


Milliaire Winery 2020 GG Petite Sirah

Milliaire Winery 2020 GG Malbec


Milliaire Winery 2020 GG Touriga Other Red Varietals

School Street Wines 2017 GG Charbono Other Red Varietals


Twisted Oak Winery 2017 GG Graciano Other Spanish Varietal


Val du Vino Winery 2020 GG "3 Cousins" Rhone Style Blends

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