Ramona, Calif., June 2017 – San Diego County winemakers picked up a record number of 22 gold awards, including 5 double gold, for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner for the 2017 Lum Eisenman Wine Competition held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the San Vicente Resort in Ramona, Calif.
A group of eight respected judges representing sommeliers, restaurants, winemakers, and wine educators/associations, awarded entries of red, white, and rosé wines in a Double-Blind tasting judging wines made from grapes grown in San Diego County, including nine new winemakers that participated this year.
Micole, pictured with Bill Schweitzer, president of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) said, “Our wines keep getting better and better!”
Ramona Ranch Winery Results:
Best of Show
Commercial Winery awarded to Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery.
Winemaker: Micole Moore
Sangiovese Reserve 2012 – Double Gold and Best of Show – Commercial
Twilight 2012 – Gold
Viognier 2012 – Gold
Petite Sirah 2012– Gold
Anglianico 2013 – Silver
Zinfandel 2014 – Bronze
Double-blind tasting by eight experienced judges selected by the judge coordinator Ron Novak, founder of the New York Society of Wine Educators and What’s in Your Glass, included:
Brad Bruce – Wine Educator at SD Community Colleges, Current Program Director SD Wine Guild (AWS)
Stephen Chappelle – Regional VP, American Wine Society (AWS), San Diego; Wine and Beverage Mgr., Restaurant Depot.
Maurice DiMarino – Certified Sommelier; Wine Manager, Cohn Restaurant Group.
Mike Menghini – Winemaker & Owner, Menghini Winery in Julian.
Justin Mund – Winemaker, Orfila Wiery, Escondido.
Carol Novak – Founding Member, Society of Wine Educators; Judge: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
Lisa Redwine – Advanced Sommelier; Wine Instructor, SDSU; Annual “SommCon” Chair; Founder, VP, “Women Wine Alliance”; Sales Rep., Regal Wine Co.
Tami Wong – Certified Sommelier; “Best new SOMM 2014” (Wine & Spirits Magazine); Sommelier, ‘The Fishery’ restaurant.
About Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA)
Micole re-established the San Diego Wine Competition duirng his 3-year stint as President of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) which was founded in 2001 “to promote, protect and enhance the Ramona Valley AVA, our wines, vintners, and community.” The RVVA was largely responsible for creating the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2006 and the sponsoring organization for the effort to create the Boutique Winery Ordinance in 2010; Micole played a key-role in the 2016 revision of the regulations.
Micole Moore, co-owner of Ramona Ranch Winery, said,“Teri & I are honored by this recognition and would like to thank the entire community of Ramona for their support which is essential to our success.”
Vaya con Vino!
Teri & Micole