JUST ANNOUNCED! Winning Wines of the 38th Annual Sierra Foothills Wine Competition

Updated: May 1, 2019

On Friday, April 25, 2019, 25 professional judges worked from early morning to the afternoon tasting through 256 wines across 48 categories, representing the wine regions of Calaveras County, El Dorado County and Amador County. To learn about the history of this wine competition and find the judges biographies, visit our last blog post HERE.

The judging took place at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds where Tom Bender, competition manager, oversaw the teams of judges and a group of esteemed volunteers. “256 wines were entered this year with 90% receiving a medal and 53 wines earning Double Gold or Gold honors. And it is great to see under appreciated and less known grape types such as Semillon, Symphony, Sangiovese, Tempranillo along with numerous Italian and Spanish varietals getting some special recognition. The Barbera class continues to be a foothill winner and this year’s flights of Cabernet Sauvignon were stronger than years past.  Thanks to all the wineries who participated. Wines from the Sierra Foothills region continue to make their mark and show they can compete equally with other more recognized wine regions. Our judges echoed this as well upon their departure," shares Bender.

The results are in and our very own Calaveras County wineries did quite well! Two of three winery winners in the Best of Show category are from Calaveras County. Two of three winery winners in the Best of Calaveras category are from Calaveras County. Congratulations to all of the winners! A medal badge will be sent to the winners for display on wine bottles, in websites and marketing materials.

Get out to some tasting rooms this week and enjoy these award winning wines. View the award winners at the Calaveras County Fair Wine Pavilion, sponsored by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, May 16th - 19th. Purchase award-winning wines by the glass, explore educational exhibits and pickup your VIP Tasting "Summer Explorers" Pass.

The complete list of results from the 38th Annual Sierra Foothills Wine Competition are listed in alphabetical order, by winery name, below...


WHITE – Ironstone 2017 Symphony Obsession ROSE – Milliaire 2018 White Zinfandel RED – J Runquist Wines “The Hill" 2016 Sangiovese


WHITE – Black Sheep Winery 2017 Semillon

RED - Mineral Wines 2016 Barbera

DESSERT - J Runquist Wines 2018 Muscat Canelli


Shenandoah Pauls Vineyard 2016 Zinfandel



Chatom 2018 – Silver

Inner Sanctum Cellars 2018 – Double Gold Ironstone Vineyards 2016 “Reserve” – Bronze

Ironstone Vineyards 2017 – Silver

Milliaire Winery 2017 – Bronze

Stevenot Winery 2017 – Silver

Ten By Ten Wines 2017 – Bronze


Milliaire Winery 2017 – Silver

Other White Wine Rhone Blend:

Lavender Ridge 2017 “Cote Calaveras” – Silver

Other White Wine Rhone Varietal:

Lavender Ridge 2017 Grenache Blanc - Silver

Other White Wine Varietals: Black Sheep Winery 2017 Semillon – Gold/Best of Calaveras White Coppermine Winery 2017 Semillon – Silver

Other White Wine Generic Blend: Black Sheep Winery “Lily Pad” N/V – Silver Drytown Cellars Gold N/V – Silver Gossamer Cellars 2017 “Amelice” – Bronze

Metate Hill Vineyards “Barrica” N/V – Bronze

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio:

Gianelli Vineyards 2016 – Bronze

Gianelli Vineyards 2017 – Gold

Milliaire Winery 2018 – Silver

School Street 2018 – Silver


Sobon Estate 2017 - Gold

Sauvignon Blanc:

Aloria Vineyards 2018 – Bronze Coppermine Winery 2017 – Silver

Frogs Tooth Winery 2017 – Bronze Hatcher Winery 2018 – Silver

Ironstone Vineyards 2017 – Gold

Le Mulet Rouge Winery 2017 – Bronze

Newsome Harlow Wines 2018 – Bronze

Spanish White Varietals:

Gossamer Grenache Blanc 2016 – Silver

Gossamer Cellars Torrontes 2016 – Bronze

Gossamer Torrontes 2017 “Isabella” – Silver

Inner Sanctum Cellars Verdejo 2017 – Silver

J Runquist Wines Verdelho 2018 – Silver


Ironstone Vineyards 2017 “Obsession” - Gold/Best of Show White


Shenandoah Winery 2018 – Bronze


Drytown Cellars 2018 – Bronze

Frogs Tooth Winery 2017 – Bronze

Ironstone Vineyard 2016 “Reserve” – Bronze

Lavender Ridge Vineyard 2017 – Silver Milliaire Winery 2017 – Silver

Sobon Estate 2018 – SilverTanner Vineyards 2018 – Bronze

Tanner Vineyards 2018 – Bronze


Other Blush:

Shenandoah “Volo Dolce” 2018 – Silver

Rose Varietal:

Gossamer Cellars 2017 Tempranillo – Silver Gossamer Cellars 2017 Tannat – Silver Hatcher Winery 2018 Cinsault – Silver

Inner Sanctum Cellars 2018 Grenache – Gold

J Runquist Sangiovese 2018 – Bronze Lavender Ridge Winery Grenache 2018 – Double Gold

Rose Generic:

Black Sheep Winery “Lily Pad Rose” – Bronze

Drytown Cellars 2018 – Silver

Newsome Harlow Wines 2018 – Bronze

Sobon Estate 2018 – Bronze

White Zinfandel:

Milliaire Winery 2018 – Gold/Best of Show Rose


Alicante Bouschet:

Gossamer Cellars 2016 – Gold Milliaire Cellars 2015 “Alley Cat” – Silver


Amador Cellars 2016 – Silver

Chatom 2015 – Gold

Convergence Vineyards 2017 – Bronze

Convergence Vineyards 2017 “Reserve” – Bronze

Frogs Tooth Winery 2016 – Silver

Hatcher Winery 2014 “Reserve” – Silver

J Runquist Wines 2017 “Reserve” – Double Gold

J Runquist Wines 2017 “Amador” – Silver

J Runquist Wines 2017 "Cooper" – Gold

Mineral Wines 2016 – Double Gold/Best of Calaveras Red

Noceto Winery 2014 “Linsteadt” – Bronze Shenandoah Vineyards 2017 – Silver

Stevenot Winery 2016 – Silver

Tanner Vineyards – Bronze Sobon Estate 2017 – Bronze

Cabernet Franc:

Black Sheep Winery 2015 – Silver Coppermine Winery 2015 – Bronze

Ironstone 2015 “Kautz & Kramer” – Bronze

Ironstone Vineyards 2016 “Reserve” – Silver

J Runquist Wines 2017 – Bronze

School Street 2015 – Silver

Cabernet Sauvignon:

Aloria Vineyards 2016 “Renner” -Double Gold