Washington County’s Saddlehorn Winery has won several top prizes at the prestigiouos San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC).
Saddlehorn Winery was awarded a double gold for its 2014 Tempranillo entry, silver awards for its 2014 Malbec and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, and bronze medals for its 2016 Blanc du Bois and Merlot wines.
SFCWC received nearly 7,000 entries from 28 states this year, with 63 judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality helpinng determine the best wines in the country.
Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as bronze, silver, gold or double gold (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members).
Only seven entries were honored with a Sweepstake Award in sparkling, white, pink, red and dessert/specialty categories.
Best of class awards were also given to American wines recognized for extraordinary quality.
Texas wineries which won best of class awards with their categories were:
Brennan Vineyards – Viognier 2015.
Haak Vineyards & Winery – Tempranillo 2015.
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards – Sweet Blush Colibri.
Messina Hof Winery – Merlot 2015.
Perissos Vineyards and Winery – Dolcetto 2015.
Trilogy Cellars – Malbec 2015.
Wedding Oak Winery – Sweet Alyssum 2015.
“This year, Texas wineries won more medals–including some of the top awards in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition–than ever before,” said Bob Fraser, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition executive director.
“It is not surprising to me, as I recently visited the Texas wine country and was completely impressed with the quality of their wines.”