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Wine Competition Announced for Red, White & Blues 2017

June 22, 2017

Lake County wine professionals gathered in mid-June at Gregory Graham Wines in the Red Hills to blind test 91 Lake County wines, submitted by local wineries. The goal of the tasting was to choose the top Lake County wines to compete in the people’s choice competition of Red, White & Blues being hosted by the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA), and being held at Brassfield Estate Winery in Clearlake Oaks on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Red, White & Blues is a new twist on an old favorite,” says LCWA Chairperson, Raven Sprague of Steele Wines. “The people’s choice blind-tasting is being inserted in a 4th of July weekend holiday event, complete with a barbecue provided by Rosey Cooks, and music provided by Blues Farm. We’re hoping to capture some of the out-of-town holiday visitors to increase the exposure of Lake County wines.”

Guests at the event have the opportunity to blind taste 35 Lake County wines in 11 categories, and vote for their favorite wine in each category.

The eleven categories this year are:
1. Sauvignon Blanc
2. Chardonnay
3. Other Whites
4. Rosé
5. Cabernet Sauvignon
6. Lighter Reds
7. Bold Reds
8. Syrah/Petite Sirah
9. Red Blends
10. Dessert
11. Port

Wines from the following eighteen wineries have been included in the competition:

1. Beaver Creek Vineyards
2. Boatique Winery
3. Brassfield Estate Winery
4. Cache Creek Vineyards
5. Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill
6. Fore Family Vineyards
7. Fults Family Vineyards
8. Gregory Graham Wines
9. Kaz Winery
10. Mt. Konocti Winery
11. Olof Cellars
12. R Vineyards
13. Rosa D’Oro Vineyards
14. Shannon Ridge Family of Wines (including Vigilance)
15. Six Sigma Ranch & Winery
16. Smiling Dogs Ranch
17. Steele Wines
18. Wildhurst Vineyards

Amanda Bolla of Brassfield Estate Winery and LCWA Board Member says, “There are going to be a lot of great wines to taste. We suggest to always taste from whites to reds. Trying to pick out fruit flavors in Sauvignon Blanc after trying a bunch of full-bodied reds is nearly impossible.”

Guest can expect ½ to 1 ounce pours of each wine. “We do ask our guests to taste responsibly and to use the dump buckets provided, but most importantly to have fun while learning about all the amazing wines Lake County has to offer.” adds Bolla.

Early bird ticket prices are $50 per person, through June 24, 2017. Food-only tickets are available for $20 until June 24, 2017. Prices will increase on June 25, 2017 to $60 and $25 for food only.

The Lake County Winery Association, would like to thank Bicoastal Media for their sponsorship, as well as Brassfield Estate Winery for opening up their facility to host this year’s event.

Red, White & Blues tickets can be purchased at . Please check the website for a schedule of the day’s event, and find out more information about Lake County wines on the Lake County Winery Association Facebook page.

The Lake County Winery Association is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the Lake County wine region as a producer of premium, high elevation wines, and a relaxing travel destination.