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118 Gold Medals for Wilson Artisan Wines at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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Another Sweepstakes Red Win for Winemaker Chris Barrett-His 7th Career Sweepstakes Award. Grand Tasting Event to be held Friday, February 10th in Healdsburg.

February 3, 2023 – Geyserville, CA–Wilson Artisan Wines has been awarded 118 Gold Medals including 1 Sweepstakes Red, 7 Best of Class and 28 Double Gold Medals at the recent 2023 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. This is a continuation of a long history of top honors for the Wilson Artisan Wineries at competitions. At the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition alone, the Wilson Artisan Wineries have accumulated more than 800 Gold Medals over the last decade. The Wilson Artisan family of wineries include: Wilson of Dry Creek, Mazzocco Sonoma, Pezzi King, deLorimier, Rockpile Vineyards, Soda Rock Winery, Matrix, St. Anne’s Crossing, Jaxon Keys, Greenwood Ridge and Coyote Sonoma.

The Sweepstakes Red Wine winner – considered among the top wines in the entire competition of more than 5,500 wines entered–was awarded to St. Anne’s Crossing’s 2020 Malbec from the Los Chamizal vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. This is Winemaker Chris Barrett’s 7th Sweepstakes win between the SF Chronicle and Sonoma County Harvest Fair competitions.

To celebrate this tremendous accomplishment, Wilson Artisan Wines will be holding a Gold Medal Grand Tasting Gala on Friday, February 10th at 6:30PM at Coyote Sonoma, their Downtown Healdsburg event center. All are invited to purchase tickets to join owner Ken Wilson, Owner/Winemaker Diane Wilson, winemakers Antoine Favero and Chris Barrett and more for this tasting event featuring samples of many of the gold medal-winning wines, delicious bites from Estate Chef Donna Parsons and live music from Nick Foxer. For tickets, visit: www.wilsonartisanwines.com/118golds

Complete Gold Medal counts for winery follow:

 

Best of Class

Double Gold

Gold

Total Gold Medals

 

Coyote Sonoma

0

2

0

2

 

deLorimier

3

0

12

15

 

Greenwood Ridge

0

2

5

7

 

Jaxon Keys

1

1

3

5

 

Matrix

1

1

10

12

 

Mazzocco

1

6

18

25

 

Pezzi King

0

2

6

8

 

Rockpile

0

5

5

10

 

Soda Rock

1

1

6

8

 

St. Anne’s Crossing

0

0

6

7

Including Sweepstakes Red

Wilson

1

7

11

19

 

Wilson Artisan Total

8

27

82

118

 

Ken and Diane Wilson planted their first vineyard in 1988 and have pursued and achieved excellence in their family-owned business ever since, with a focus on wines of top-tier quality, unparalleled flavor and approachable value.

About Winemaker Chris Barrett

Winemaker Chris Barrett’s passion and expertise are present in every bottle he produces. Born and raised in Sonoma County, he first learned the art of winemaking from his father in their garage. After earning his degree in biology from California State University, Chico, Chris learned the ins and outs of wine analysis and developed his skills in winemaking. He took the helm at Pezzi King Vineyards in 2008, and at the newly established St. Anne’s Crossing Winery in 2012, quickly gaining recognition for his signature fruit-forward style and production of high quality, ageable reds. During his tenure as Winemaker, Chris has won 7 Sweepstakes awards, including a rare “Double Sweepstakes” award at the 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair, alongside hundreds of gold medals and 90+ point ratings. Always keeping one foot in the lab and the other in the cellar, Chris maintains that “great wines really do start in the vineyard.”

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