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Northern Santa Barbara County residents shine in home winemaking competition | Local News

Northern Santa Barbara County residents took two of the 4 best honors in the California Mid-State Fair’s 2022 Household Winemaking Competitiveness, and quite a few other region residence vintners won medals for their wines, in accordance to the checklist of winners introduced Wednesday.

John Gilbert, of Santa Ynez, captured the coveted ideal of demonstrate as perfectly as the ideal white wine awards for a sauvignon blanc, together with three gold and a few silver ribbons moreover an honorable mention for some of his other wines.

Brad Bunkelman, of Santa Maria, took residence the award for the best rosé of cabernet sauvignon, plus six gold and 9 silver ribbons for other wines he entered in the level of competition.

Other North County award winners incorporated Fred Carbone, of Santa Maria, whose wines earned two gold and two silver ribbons, and Cheryl Decker, also of Santa Maria, who picked up one silver and a single bronze ribbon.

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Wines from Jennifer Jeffries, of Solvang, earned one particular gold, 4 silver and a single bronze ribbon together with two honorable mentions, and Melissa Mosely, of Los Olvios, picked up a silver ribbon.

Jerry Shoemaker, of Santa Ynez, brought residence just one gold and two silver ribbons, and Linda Tedsen, of Santa Maria, gathered two silver ribbons.

Entries this calendar year also arrived from Goleta, Santa Barbara, Arroyo Grande, Grover Seaside, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles, San Miguel, Creston, Cambria, Gonzales, Claremont, Yorba Linda and Westlake Village.

Wines were judged by a panel that provided sommeliers, qualified winemakers, tasting area managers and other wine field authorities.

Main decide Mike Jones reported of the whole 162 entries, 42 earned gold ribbons, or 25% of the discipline, which he stated was the best level in the history of the competition.

“Our checklist of capable and experienced judges … have been all pretty impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of the wines that were entered this 12 months,” Jones claimed.

“The new plans that we have executed above the previous many a long time to supply quality feed-back and experienced-stage judging has resulted in the ongoing improvement in the abilities and quality of wines from our dwelling winemaking local community,” he claimed.

A person unidentified decide additional, “I would not be reluctant to consider any of the gold-medal wines and sell them beneath my label.”

Winemakers’ individual awards, in alphabetical purchase, involved:

Brad Bunkelman

  • Pinot gris, malbec, cabernet sauvignon, silver
  • 2020 Cabernet sauvignon, gold, best rosé
  • 2019 Syrah, silver
  • 2019 Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, gold
  • 2019 Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, silver
  • 2019 Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, silver
  • 2019 Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, silver
  • Cabernet blanc, cabernet sauvignon, gold
  • Merlot, malbec, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, silver
  • 2018 Grenache blanc, silver
  • 2018 Grenache blanc, silver
  • 2020 Pinot gris, gold
  • 2020 Pinot gris, silver
  • 2020 Torrontes, gold
  • 2020 Torrontes, silver
  • 2020 Torrontes, gold

Fred Carbone, Santa Maria

  • 2021 Sauvignon blanc, silver
  • 2021 Viognier, silver
  • 2021 Syrah, gold

Cheryl Decker, Santa Maria

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John Gilbert, Santa Ynez

  • 2021 Sauvignon blanc, gold, greatest white, greatest of present
  • 2021 Mountvedre, gold
  • 2021 Syrah, silver
  • 2019 Cabernet sauvignon, gold
  • 2019 Syrah, silver
  • 2018 Syrah, silver
  • 2019 Cabernet, cabernet franc, honorable point out
  • 2019 GSM 57/28/15, silver

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Jennifer Jeffries, Solvang

  • 2020 Pinot noir, bronze
  • 2020 Pinot noir, silver
  • 2020 Syrah, silver
  • 2020 Syrah, merlot, silver
  • 2021 Pinot noir, honorable mention
  • 2021 Syrah, silver
  • 2020 Merlot, sangiovese, syrah, honorable point out

Melissa Moseley, Los Olivos

Jerry Shoemaker, Santa Ynez

  • 2020 Sauvignon blanc, silver

Linda Tedsen, Santa Maria