Halter Ranch Wins Winery of the Year
at the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition
The Paso Robles winery won Best Red Wine and Best Pink Wine,
two Best of Class awards, five Double Gold Medals and two Gold Medals.
The Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC) announced Halter Ranch is the 2019 Winery of the Year. This is the second Winery of the Year award for the Paso Robles winery, which took home the same honor in 2017.
“Since Hansjörg Wyss purchased the property in 2000, the team has worked diligently to be leaders in sustainability, and stay at the forefront of modern vineyard and winemaking practices,” said Kevin Sass, Halter Ranch’s winemaker. “This focus has enabled us to create solid and consistent wines and win this incredible honor twice in the last three years, it means even more to be recognized by our peers in our own backyard.”
All 10 Halter Ranch wines entered received medals. Halter Ranch was awarded five Double Gold Medals, three Gold Medals, and two Silver Medals. The Best Red Wine was awarded to Halter Ranch’s 2016 Ancestor. The Bordeaux blend also won a Double Gold Medal, and was awarded Best of Class for Bordeaux Blends. The Paso Robles winery also won Best Pink Wine for their 2018 Rosé. In addition, the Rhône-style Rosé was awarded a Double Gold Medal and won Best of Class for Grenache Rosé. Halter Ranch’s inaugural release of the 2015 Libelle Sparkling won a Double Gold Medal and a Bronze in the overall Best of Show category.
“What makes producing wine at Halter Ranch so interesting is that our climate and soils lend themselves to so many grape varieties. From Picpoul Blanc to Petit Verdot all the varieties that we grow create wines that have great flavor and texture. It allows our winemaking team to be creative in both the winemaking process and blending. We are honored to play a part in showcasing the diverse and exceptional wines produced across the Paso Robles AVA,” Sass said.
Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition
More than 800 wines entered, the most in its 17-year history
The 17th annual Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC) presented by The Tribune included 165 wineries and a record-breaking 803 wines entered. The competition features 68 classes based on grape varieties and vintages, where the “Best of” wines are selected for their varietal typicity, quality and character. The blind-tasting event, held June 19-20 at the Paso Robles Event Center, is the largest wine competition on California’s Central Coast, which encompasses ten counties stretching from Alameda to Ventura. The complete list of winners is available at www.midstatefair.com.
Best of Show went to Solis Winery’s 2018 Estate Fiano, from Santa Clara Valley. This honor came after judges awarded it a Double Gold Medal and deemed it both Best of Class (Other White Wines) and overall Best White Wine. This obscure varietal from southern Italy marks the first time an Italian white wine has won Best of Show.
The Best Red Wine was awarded to Halter Ranch’s 2016 Ancestor. This Bordeaux blend also won a Double Gold Medal and was awarded Best of Class (Bordeaux Blends). The Paso Robles winery also won Best Pink Wine for their 2018 Rosé. In addition, the Rhone style Rosé was awarded a Double Gold Medal and was won Best of Class (Grenache Rosé).
Best Sparkling Wine was awarded to Laetitia Vineyard and Winery’s 2016 Brut Rosé. The same bubbles from the Arroyo Grande winery also claimed a Double Gold Medal. This is the second year in a row that Laetitia’s Brut Rosé has won this category.
Best Dessert Wine was awarded to Glunz Family Winery’s Mission Angelica. This wine also won a Double Gold Medal and was awarded Best of Class (Fortified Desserts). This is the third consecutive year that Mission Angelica has been awarded Best Dessert Wine.
The 803 bottles entered were also judged on their labels as part of the Central Coast Packaging and Design Competition. The team of judges consisted of professional creatives from the region, including Kraftwerk Design, Pretty Media Creations, Karson Butler Events, Newman Creative Studios and Studios on the Park. In addition, representatives from regional wine associations: San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective and Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance joined the team of judges. Wines were awarded for the following categories:
The Best of Show winners
• Gold: Exitus, 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Wine
• Silver: Sculpterra Winery, 2017 Héroe
• Bronze: Halter Ranch, 2015 Libelle Sparkling
The Symbol of the Central Coast winners
• Gold: Ancient Peaks Winery, 2016 Oyster Ridge
• Silver: Rangeland Wines, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bronze: Derby Wine Estates, 2014 Implico
The Classic winners
• Gold: Concannon Vineyard, 2016 Reserve Mother Vine
• Silver: Hope Family Wines, 2017 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bronze: Castoro Cellars, 2018 Estate Rosé
The Modern Design winners
• Gold: Jason-Stephens Winery, Ones and Zeros V5.0
• Silver: Bushong, 2018 Spanish Castle Queen
• Bronze: Bethel Road Winery, 2017 Albariño
The Untraditional winners are:
• Gold: Pianetta, 2018 Pink Jug
• Silver: Jason-Stephens Winery, Ones and Zeros V5.0
• Bronze: Sculpterra Winery, 2017 Héroe
The DaVinci on a Label winners
• Gold: Rabble, 2017 Rosé
• Silver: Alara Cellars, 2016 Sangiovese
• Bronze: Chronic Cellars, 2017 Love Insects
The Flora and Fauna winners
• Gold: Broken Earth Winery, 2015 Limited Release La Bête
• Silver: Thacher Winery, 2017 Valdiguie
• Bronze: Mitchella Vineyard & Winery, Riportella
The Anti-Label winners
• Gold: Grey Wolf Cellars, 2018 Soul Mate Rosé
• Silver: Bethel Road Winery, 2017 Grenache Blanc
• Bronze: Shale Oak, 2016 KA
Central Coast Wine Competition promotes the excellent quality and diversity of commercial wineries and grape growers while recognizing the fastest growing wine region in California. In its 17th year, the Central Coast Wine Competition is a collaboration of six California fairs and highlights the wine industry as an integral agricultural component of the community. Gold Medal winners will be showcased at the California Mid-State Fair; Contra Costa County Fair; Cow Palace/Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo; Monterey County Fair; San Benito County Fair; and Santa Maria Fairpark. For further information, visit centralcoastwinecomp.com; also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube @ccwinecomp.
The 2019 California Craft Spirits Competition Winners
Distilleries from the Central Coast dominated the fourth-annual statewide competition. Winners of the Craft Spirit Packaging and Design Awards revealed.
The California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC) is proud to announce the award-winning craft spirits from its fourth-annual blind-tasting event, held June 18 at the California Mid-State Fair. The complete list of Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners, is now available here.
Best of Show went to KroBar Craft Distillery’s Original Gin (Paso Robles), after winning a Double Gold Medal and the Best Gin award.
The Best of Class winners
• Best Whiskey:
Re:Find Bourbon (Paso Robles)
• Best Vodka
Tin City Distillery Unflavored Vodka (Paso Robles)
• Best Brandy:
Bethel Rd Grappa di Primitivo (Templeton)
• Best Rum:
KroBar Craft Distillery Navy Strength Rum (Paso Robles)
• Best Liqueur:
Calwise Spirits Co. Barrel Reserve Orange Liqueur
Packaging and Design awards
• Gold: Rod and Hammer’s SLO Stills - Distiller’s Reserve Rye Whiskey (San Luis Obispo)
• Silver: Alley 6 Craft Distillery - Harvest Gin (Healdsburg)
• Bronze: Lloyd Distillery - Bixby Gin (Gonzales)
The California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC) highlights and celebrates craft distillers producing the finest quality artisan spirits inside and outside of California. For further information, visit centralcoastwinecomp.com, and follow it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CACraftSpiritsCompetition.
San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Recognizes Leaders
The San Luis Obispo County wine industry annually comes together to honor members of the local wine community. These awards recognize dedication, stewardship, innovation and leadership demonstrated in the San Luis Obispo County wine community. The 2019 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to – Winegrape Grower of the Year, Paul Hoover, Still Waters Vineyards; Winemaker of the Year, Justin Smith, Saxum Vineyards; and Wine Industry Person of the Year (posthumously), Scott Welcher, Opolo Vineyards.
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association, the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area, The Vineyard Team, and past award recipients worked together to identify the 2019 winners. The honorees are evaluated on their leadership and accomplishments in California’s third largest wine region, San Luis Obispo County.
“Each year the San Luis Obispo County wine community looks forward to the Mid-State Fair as a time we can recognize the leadership, hard work, and dedication of those who have helped bring worldwide recognition for our region’s wines,” said Joel Peterson, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We are excited to celebrate these passionate individuals with their friends, family, and colleagues, and honor the mark they’ve left on our wine community with their quest for quality in the vineyard and winery.”