SOURCE: Crushpad Inc.

January 18, 2008 12:47 ET

Crushpad Commerce Brands Score Big at 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Take Top Medal Count in Pinot Noir Category

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2008) - Crushpad, the urban winery that is democratizing wine making, today announced that its commerce partner brands topped the Pinot Noir field at the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, capturing seven awards in the category -- the most of any winery. Crushpad clients also took home Double Gold awards for Cabernet Sauvignon and for Syrah as part of the winery's total medal count of 17.

The renowned wine competition attracted a world record 4,235 entries competing in 49 different varietal categories and was judged by an elite panel of more than 60 professional wine judges representing trade, education, media, retail, and restaurants throughout the U.S.

"Pinot Noir is a notoriously fickle varietal that can give vine growers and winemakers fits," said Crushpad Chief Winemaker, Michael Zitzlaff. "So it's especially gratifying to have so many of our clients' wines recognized in this category. It's also very satisfying to see our clients win Double Gold and Gold in a competition of this caliber."

Double Gold and Gold Award Winners included:

--  Damian Rae Winery 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Double Gold
--  Sol Rouge 2005 Santa Barbara Syrah - Double Gold
--  Bohemian Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir - Gold
--  Nicholls Wine 2005 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir - Gold
--  Sol Rouge 2006 Russian River Valley Viognier - Gold
--  Vie Winery 2006 Les Amours Santa Barbara Syrah - Gold
--  Vie Winery 2006 L'Entranger Zinfandel / Syrah Blend - Gold
--  Vie Winery 2006 Mendocino Alder Springs Syrah - Gold

"It is a great thrill for us to win a Double Gold at such a prestigious wine competition," said John Tarabini of Damian Rae Winery. "It is the realization of a lot of hard work, good decisions and strong partnerships -- foremost among them, our partnership with Crushpad."

Other Award Winners included:

--  IV J’s 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
--  Canihan Family Cellars 2004 Sonoma Valley Canihan Vineyard Pinot Noir
--  Cellar Rat Cellars 2006 Anderson Valley Wentzal Vineyard Pinot Noir
--  Joelle Wine Company 2006 Santa Lucia Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir
--  Joelle Wine Company 2006 Russian River Amber Ridge Pinot Noir
--  Petrali Vineyards 2005 Sonoma Valley Syrah
--  Petrali Vineyards 2005 Sonoma Valley Rhone Blend
--  Sol Rouge 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
--  Twin Oaks Cellars 2006 Santa Lucia Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir

"These awards are a testament to the quality of the fruit from our vineyard partners and the winemaking skill and care demonstrated by our clients and winemaking staff," said Crushpad CEO, Michael Brill.

About Crushpad

Crushpad is a San Francisco-based custom winemaking facility whose over 3,000 clients include wine enthusiasts, professional winemakers, wine bars, retailers and restaurateurs. Crushpad specializes in small-lot, luxury wine production from California, Oregon and Washington's most notable vineyards. The company was founded in 2004 by wine industry veterans and technology industry refugees determined to liberate winemaking from its traditional stereotypes of impossible wealth, expansive chateaus and Golden Retrievers. For more information about Crushpad, call 415-864-4232 or visit

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