Welcome to the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition!
Francis Ford Coppola, the famed film director who has established one of California’s fastest-growing wineries, was the winner of the Winery of the Year award May 9 at the 32nd Riverside International Wine Competition.
The 2½-day event, staged at South Coast Resort in Temecula, featured 48 judges, all professionals, and the judges awarded 46% medals that were silver, gold, or above.
The Coppola wineries in Napa and Sonoma submitted a total of 31 wines and won 27 medals, 20 of them silvers, golds, and above, including six chairman’s Awards, representative of unanimous gold medals, and ended up with five best-of-class awards.
Wines from British Columbia in western Canada did extremely well, topped by La Frenz Winery’s seven major awards out of eight entries. It won the Small Winery of the Year award.
Other special awards included:
–Terroir Award for the best display of regional characteristics: Augusta Winery in Missouri
–Value Winery of the Year for the best representative of wines of exceptional value: Trinchero Winery for a series of reasonably priced wines that received high medals.
The four special International Riesling Foundation trophies were:
–Dry: 2012 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York
–Medium-Dry: 2012 Bouchaine Winery Dry Riesling, Carneros, Las Brisas Vineyard
–Medium-Sweet: 2012 Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York
–Sweet: 2012 Kiona Riesling Late Harvest, Columbia Valley, Washington