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Garré Vineyard & Winery 2019 Sangiovese Wins Best of Show at 14th Annual Livermore Uncorked! Wine Competition

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Darin Winton of Cellar 13 (L) with Livermore Mayor John Marchand

Livermore, CA—April 28, 2023 — The winners of the 14th annual Livermore Uncorked! Wine Competition, sponsored and run by the Tri Valley Conservancy, were announced at a special event held April 27, 2023, at Bella Rosa Event Center at Garré Winery in Livermore. The competition, founded by the Tri Valley Conservancy to recognize excellence in winemaking and is open to wineries making wines from Livermore Valley AVA fruit. 

  • Best of Show: Garré Vineyard & Winery 2019 Sangiovese
  • Best White: Las Positas Vineyards 2022 Albariño
  • Best Rosé: Las Positas Vineyards 2022 Garnacha Rosado
  • Best Red: Garré Vineyard & Winery 2019 Sangiovese

The winning Las Positas wines were made by winemaker Brent Amos, while the Garré wines were made by Aaron Luna. This is the second time this year these two winemakers have shared Best of Show honors: the first was at the Alameda County Fair in March when Luna won Best Rosé for the 2022 Garré Grenache Rosé, and Amos won Best White for the 2022 Las Positas Verdelho. 

This year, 175 wines were entered into the 2023 Livermore Uncorked Competition by a record 33 wineries. A screening panel of primarily Napa area winemakers, assembled by TVC wine consultant Julie Schreiber, narrowed this down to 75 wines. Judges in the final medal round were Julie Schreiber, Nick Liang of Uncle Yu’s in Livermore and Savannah Vento Chun, sommelier. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals were awarded to the finalists, and a Best of Class was chosen in each of the following 14 categories: 

Best of Class Winners

  • Sauvignon BlancAlmost Famous Wine Company 2022 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Spanish White – Las Positas Vineyards 2022 Albariño
  • RoséLas Positas Vineyards 2022 Garnacha Rosado 
  • Other WhitesWine Without Borders 2021 Grüner Veltliner
  • ChardonnayGarré Vineyard & Winery 2022 Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (under $45) –  Garré Vineyard & Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon The Steven Kent Winery 2019 Single Vineyard Series
  • ($45 and over) – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zinfandel/Primitivo – Wine Without Borders 2021 Primitivo
  • Other RedsGarré Vineyard & Winery 2019 Sangiovese
  • Bordeaux BlendsCellar 13 Winery 2019 Aliheliga
  • Red BlendsDel Valle Winery 2020 Rosso Delight
  • Cabernet FrancDel Valle Winery 2019 Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot – Darcie Kent Estate Winery 2019 Ghost Vines
  • Petite SirahConcannon Vineyard 2019 Reserve Petite Sirah, Captain Joe’s

The Best of Show wine was determined by a taste-off between the Best of Show Red, Rosé and White wines. 

Congratulations to all the winning wineries.

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