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June 03, 2013 09:08 ET

Los Angeles International Wine Competition Announces Winners for 2013

Chardonnays Win Big but Highest Rating Goes to Riesling and Sake

POMONA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2013) -  Chardonnays made a splash at the 2013 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition but it was a New Zealand Riesling and a Saké that drew the highest rating. Mud House Riesling, Waipara Valley 2012 received a score of 98 points and a best of class award. The Saké -- Sakuramuromachi, Junmai Daiginjo, Gokudaiginjo Muromachi-Jidai, Okayama, Japan -- also received 98 points and best of class.

Judged in May using a point system, the wine competition saw 3,190 international wines tasted. Many varietals and price ranges were represented, with the point system acknowledging each varietal's special attributes and providing a level of precision in the competition's wine ranking systems, a benefit for the competition and wine enthusiasts. Wines were tasted by a 75-member panel comprised of international judges, ranging from Master Sommeliers to chefs to wine writers and entries came from as far as Ethiopia and Greece.

Chardonnays were well represented with eight earning best of class awards and 39 receiving gold medals (90 points or higher) -- the most of any varietal.

The Japanese national alcoholic beverage Saké also made a bold statement this year with four receiving Best of Class awards. More than 60 Sakés were entered into the competition -- the most ever.

"The great aspect of our competition, and judging more than 3,000 entries, is that you'll find something for everyone among the winners," said Michael Jordan, competition chairman, Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, and vice president of food and beverage for The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon in Orange County. " From the complex with a higher price point for the experienced palate to wonderful lower price point wines for the novice, our winners represent a variety of wines."

Among the top Chardonnays were: Robert Talbott Vineyards, Kali Hart, Monterey 2011, best of class ($15-29.99, 97 points); Robert Talbott Vineyards, Logan, Santa Lucia Highlands 2011, ($15-29.99, 95 points); Classic Wines of California, Forest Glen, California 2012, best of class ($0-$14.99, 95 points); Smith Anderson Wine Group, Havens, Napa Valley 2010 ($30.00 and up, 95 points); CRU Wine Company, CRU, Arroyo Seco, Monterey 2011 ($15-29.99, 94 points); South Coast Winery, Sans Chene, Temecula Valley 2011, best of class ($15-29.99, 94 points); Trust Winery Ltd, Stephen & Walker, Botrytis, Russian River Valley 2011, best of class ($30.00 and up, 94 points).

Among the best red wines were: Sorelle Winery, Barbera, Bellezza Fra, Lodi 2010, best of class ($15-29.99, 95 points); Azienda Claudio Alario, Barolo, Riva Rocca, Piemonte DOCG 2008, best of class ($30.00 and up, 96 points); Poplar Grove Winery, Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC VQA 2010, best of class ($30.00 and up, 96 points); Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Bottled, Okanagan Valley VQA 2010, best of class ($30.00 and up, 96 points); [yellow tail], Cabernet Sauvignon, Southeastern Australia 2012, best of class ($0-$14.99, 95 points); Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Merlot, Estate Bottled, Okanagan Valley VQA 2009 ($30.00 and up, 97 points); Hearst Ranch Winery, Merlot, Pico Creek, Paso Robles 2010, best of class ($30.00 and up, 95 points).

Among the top white wines beyond the Chardonnays were: Banfi Vinters, Castello Banfi, Pinot Grigio, San Angelo, Toscana IGT 2011, best of class ($15-29.99, 95 points); Brys Estate, Riesling, Estate, Dry, Old Mission Peninsula 2012, best of class ($15-29.99, 96 points); Girly Girl Wines, Riesling, Columbia Valley 2011, best of class ($0‐14.99, 97 points); Wollersheim Winery, Riesling, White, American 2012, best of class ($0‐14.99, 96 points).

In the Bordeaux/Bordeaux Superieur special category, golds went to Chateau Bonnet, Bordeaux, Bordeaux AOC 2010, best of class ($0‐14.99, 93 points); Chateau les Mondines, Bordeaux, Traditional, Assemblage, Bordeaux AOC 2012, best of class ($0‐14.99, 94 points); Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux Superieur AOC 2010, best of class ($0‐14.99, 93 points); Chateau Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Superieur, Nobilis, Bordeaux Superieur AOC 2010, best of class ($0‐14.99, 92 points).

Saké golds included: Naraman, Yumegokoro Saké, Junmai, Fukushima, Japan, best of class ($15‐29.99, 97 points); Hananomai, Junmai Ginjo, Kawacho, Gunma, Japan, best of class ($15‐29.99, 96 points).

A complete list of winners can be found at www.lawinecomp.com.  

The public will get its first opportunity to taste the medal-winning wines at Cheers -- L.A's Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival June 22, a fundraiser benefitting The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Cheers, presented by Black Box Network Services, features the award winners from all the Los Angeles International Competitions (beer, wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oils) and gourmet food trucks and dancing. The winners will also be available for tasting at the L.A. County Fair, Aug. 30 - Sept. 29. The Fair features a complete wine education program taught by industry experts. For additional news and information from the Competition, please follow us at www.twitter.com/lawinecomp or "like" us at www.facebook.com/lawinecomp.

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