Oakhurst’s Idle Hour Winery was awarded four bronze and two silver medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held over three days during the second week of January. SFSWC is the largest competition for American wines and a total of 6,960 entries from 35 states were tasted by 67 judges from a variety of occupational fields.
The Valley winery taking home the most awards was Madera’s Toca Madera Winery, which received a bronze, five silver and one gold medal.
Tying for second for the most awards were Oakhurst’s Idle Hour Winery and Quady Winery in Madera which received a bronze, three silver and two double gold medals.
Fresno State’s winery was awarded a silver medal for its $9.95 California San Joaquin Chardonnay.
Quady Winery of Madera was awarded two double gold awards for its dessert wines, Elysium and Electra.
Papagni wines in Madera, Cardella Winery in Mendota and Engelman Cellars in Fresno each had a wine that received a single gold medal from the judges.
A public tasting of many of the winning wines will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. Tickets, which cost $70 in advance and $95 at the door, can be purchased online at www.winejudging.com.
Idle Hour winners
☆ Idle Hour Tempranillo – $30 and above 2014 Clarksburg Winemaker’s Reserve; Heringer Vineyard Tempranillo $32.00 - Bronze
☆ Idle Hour Tempranillo – $0 – $29.99 2014 - Silver
☆ Idle Hour Tannat 2016 Clarksburg Heringer Estate Vineyard Tannat $28 -Silver
☆ Idle Hour Petit Verdot 2015 Clarksburg Heringer Vineyard Petit Verdot $28 - Bronze
☆ Idle Hour Cab Franc – $30 – 39.99 2015 Clarksburg Cabernet Franc $32 - Bronze
☆ Idle Hour Pinot Noir – $36 – $39.99 2015 Arroyo Seco Clone 828; Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir $36 - Bronze
Madera County golds
☆ Papagni Wines Cab Sauv – $23 – $26.99 2015 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon $24 - Gold
☆ Quady Winery Red Dessert – 2015 California Elysium $24.99 - Double gold
☆ Quady Winery White Dessert/Late Harvest – 2016 California Electra $14.99 - Double gold
☆ Toca Madera A Dry Rose/Blush – RS 0 2016 Madera California Mirame Rose $17 - Gold