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33 Temecula Valley Wines Received Double Gold and Gold Awards – Carter Estate Winery Takes Home Best of Show

TEMECULA, CALIF. (April 25, 2023) – Temecula Wines is proud to announce that a total of 33 wines produced by its member wineries have received Double Gold and Gold ratings at this year’s annual Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, produced by the San Diego County Fair. The Competition awarded six Temecula Valley Wineries with a Double Gold rating, while 27 received a Gold rating. Thirteen Temecula wines also took home best-of category prizes known as ‘Director’s Awards’ – including Carter Estate Winery’s 2016 Blanc de Blanc Lot 0004, South Coast AVA, which was awarded the overall Toast of the Coast award as Best of Show, it was also recognized as the competition’s Best of Show Sparkling Wine and Best Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.

On February 25 and 26, wineries from around the world gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif., and were judged by 12 wine-credentialed judges, including winemakers, journalists, educators, sommeliers, and more. More than 570 wines were judged, with several from Temecula Valley Wine Country among the judge’s favorites.

“We are extremely proud that several Temecula Valley wineries received Double Gold and Gold medals at the highly regarded Toast of the Coast Competition this year,” said Krista Chaich, Executive Director of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. “It is an honor to have our wines be recognized with Director’s Awards – including the Toast of the Coast Best of Show award – a true testament to the talent and dedication of our winemakers and the suitability of our region for growing top-quality wine grapes.”

The list of Double Gold and Gold medals awarded to Temecula Wines can be found below.

2023 Temecula Valley Winery Double Gold Winners

  • Akash Winery – 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 95
  • Carter Estate Winery – 2016 Blanc de Blanc, Lot 0004, South Coast AVA | Rating: 97
  • Churon Winery – NV Vin Rouge, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 94
  • Cougar Vineyard and Winery – NV Cougar Bubbly | Rating: 94
  • Peltzer Family Cellars – 2019 Petite Sirah, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 94
  • South Coast Winery – NV Brut Sparkling Wine, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 94

2023 Temecula Valley Winery Gold Winners

  • Avensole Winery – 2017 South Slope Red Blend, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Baily Winery – 2017 Meritage, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Bolero at Europa Village –
    • 2019 Libido, California AVA | Rating: 92
    • 2020 Tempranillo, California AVA | Rating: 92
  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery – 2021 Viognier, Wild Yeast, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Carter Estate Winery
    • 2015 Cuvée Prestige, South Coast AVA | Rating: 92
    • 2016 Blanc de Noir, South Coast AVA | Rating: 91
    • 2020 Viognier, Private Reserve, South Coast AVA| Rating: 90
  • Chapin Family Vineyards – 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Doffo Winery
    • 2021 Vermentino, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 92
    • 2019 Mistura, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 91
  • Falkner Winery – 2020 Syrah, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Leoness Cellars – 2019 Cabernet Franc-Merlot, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Miramonte Winery – 2021 Albariño, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 91
  • Monte de Oro Winery
    • 2018 Syrah, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 93
    • 2021 Bolle de Oro Sparkling Wine, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 91
  • Raul Ramirez Bodegas y Vinedos
    • 2017 Don Porfirio Estate Tempranillo, Gran Reserva No. 1, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
    • 2021 Verdejo, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Robert Renzoni Vineyards – 2019 Syrah, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 92
  • South Coast Winery
    • 2022 Grenache Noir Rosé, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 93
    • 2021 Chardonnay Sans Chene, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 91
    • 2019 Boulder Red, Big Rock Reserve, South Coast AVA | Rating: 90
    • 2021 Dry Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Ultimate Vineyards – 2019 Malbec, Proprietor’s Reserve, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Wiens Family Cellars
    • 2020 Crowded, Artist Series, California AVA | Rating: 91
    • 2022 Solace White Wine, Artist Series, Riverside County AVA | Rating: 90
    • 2019 Unforgiving, San Ignacio Vineyard, Riverside County AVA | Rating: 90

Director’s Awards

  • The Toast of the Coast | 2016 Carter Estate Winery, Blanc de Blanc, Lot 0004, South Coast AVA |Rating: 97
  • Best of Show Sparkling Wine | 2016 Carter Estate Winery, Blanc de Blanc, Lot 0004, South Coast AVA |Rating: 97
  • Best Albariño | 2021 Miramonte Winery, Albariño, Temecula Valley AVA |Rating: 91
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon | 2019 Akash Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley AVA |Rating: 95
  • Best Gewurztraminer | 2021 South Coast Winery, Dry Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 90
  • Best Petite Sirah | 2019 Peltzer Family Cellars, Petite Sirah, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 94
  • Best Red Blend | NV Churon Winery, Vin Rouge, Estate, Temecula Valley AVA | Double Gold – 94
  • Best Sparkling Blanc de Blanc | 2016 Carter Estate Winery, Blanc de Blanc, Lot 0004, South Coast AVA | Rating: 97
  • Best Sparkling Blanc de Noir | 2016 Carter Estate Winery, Blanc de Noir, South Coast AVA | Rating: 91
  • Best Sparkling Brut | NV Cougar Bubbly | Rating: 94
  • Best Sparkling Brut | NV South Coast Winery, Brut Sparkling Wine, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 94
  • Best Vermentino | 2021 Doffo, Temecula Valley AVA | Rating: 92
  • Best White Blend, Dry | 2022 Wiens Family Cellars, Solace White Wine, Artists Series, Riverside County AVA | Rating: 90

Temecula Valley Wine Country’s Mediterranean climate is ideal for wine grape growing and quality wine production. The region and its wineries are also known for their approachability, laid-back atmosphere, and stunning views, as well as dining and lodging among the vines.

For more information about Temecula Valley Wine Country, visit TemeculaWines.org.

ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY WINEGROWERS ASSOCIATION

Located within a 60-minute drive from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley is widely recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular wine destination is Southern California’s largest wine-producing region by volume. The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit regional organization. The TVWA (TemeculaWines.org) is dedicated to promoting the making and growing of quality wine and wine grapes in the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area). 

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