Winning wines

Idle Hour Winery in Oakhurst takes home seven wine awards

By Tiffany Tuell / Ttuell@sierrastar.comJanuary 23, 2013 

Oakhurst's Idle Hour Winery won seven medals at the 2013 San Francisco Wine Competition Jan. 11 -- two gold medals, one silver and four bronze.

"Winning the medals is huge because it lets people know we have good wine here in Oakhurst," said Anna Marie dos Remedios, winemaker/owner.

"I love that our wines are showcased against big wineries in Napa and we're winning awards," said Deb Payne, assistant wine maker/owner.

Referring to the winning wines, dos Remedios said "I felt these wines were ready -- it's more about timing with wine."

At the winery's winter release party last Saturday, they released both gold winners -- the 2010 Tempranillo and the 2011 Cabernet Franc. They also poured their Silver Medal winning Pinot Noir and their Bronze Medal Petite Sirah.

The wines were featured with food pairings by Savory Sweet Ecelctic Catering from Los Angeles. Also accompanying the food and wine was music by North Fork's Good Medicine and games with the Oakhurst Petanque Club.

Payne and dos Remedios said that as a boutique winery, they've been trying to promote Madera County as a great wine region.

They have another tasting planned in February in San Francisco, followed by another in March in San Diego.

Details: wine@idlehourwinery.com

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