Indie Wines Win 71 Medals

Published by Naked Ryan - 21st Feb 2019

(from left to right) Winemakers David Akiyoshi, Dave Harvey, Yian Lu, Camille Benitah

The results from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition are in… and you stuck it to the man!

71 Angel-funded wines took home medals. These indie wines smoked the competition — and beat the BIGGEST names (like Apothic and Ménage à Trois!)

You stunned a huge critics panel — and the world — by medaling higher than the most popular wines in the country. It was an epic battle and you crushed it!

Fun Fact: Historically, wines like Apothic have been untouchable — they’re owned by big wine conglomerates who know how to work the market and dominate store shelves. But you just proved that indie winemakers can win in the big leagues, too…

Let’s raise a glass to all YOUR champion wines!

BEST OF CLASS  

  • David Akiyoshi Reserve California La Strada Red Blend 2016

DOUBLE GOLD

  • Camille Benitah Terre de Feu Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • Cellar Cru California Red Wine 2016
  • Dave Harvey Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • David Marchesi Sonoma Proprietary Red Blend 2016
  • DRG Daryl Groom Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017
  • Franc Dusak Still Real Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Rick Boyer Central Coast Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
  • Tom Shula North Coast Merlot 2017
  • Yian Lu Paso Robles Petite Sirah 2017

GOLD

  • Ana Diogo-Draper Paso Robles Tempranillo 2017
  • Chris Baker Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2017
  • David Akiyoshi Reserve California Ink Red Blend 2016
  • David Marchesi Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • David Marchesi Provare California Zinfandel 2016
  • Evangelos Bagias Rippey Family Vineyard Zinfandel Lodi 2017
  • Jac Cole Alexander Valley Oak Fermented Chardonnay 2017
  • Karen Birmingham Reserve Petite Sirah Lodi 2017
  • Karen Birmingham Reserve Petite Sirah Lodi 2017
  • Matt Parish Tino Napa Valley Red Blend 2016
  • Richard Bruno Clarksburg Petite Sirah 2016
  • ROX Scott Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2016
  • Scott Peterson S.P. Drummer Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Scott Peterson S.P. Drummer Red Blend Napa 2016
  • Sharon Weeks Cattoo Paso Robles Syrah 2017
  • Tom Shula California Red Blend 2017
  • W. Donaldson Rose 2015

SILVER

  • Camille Benitah Foncé Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016
  • Cellar Cru California White Wine 2017
  • Chris Baker Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
  • D.H. Elliott California BX Red Blend 2017
  • Dave Harvey Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2017
  • Dave Harvey Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2017
  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Clarksburg Chardonnay 2017
  • David Marchesi Napa Chardonnay 2016    
  • Derek Rohlffs Dry Creek Valley Syrah 2016
  • Derek Rohlffs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
  • DRG Daryl Groom Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2016
  • DRG Daryl Groom Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017
  • Eponina Brut NV
  • Evangelos Bagias Lodi Chardonnay 2017
  • Franc Dusak Reserve Wildwood Vineyard Sonoma Chardonnay 2017
  • Jac Cole Unoaked Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017
  • Jacqueline Bahue Lodi Cabernet Franc 2017
  • Jacqueline Bahue Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017
  • Karen Birmingham Lodi Barbera 2017
  • Ken Deis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Ken Deis Napa Valley Merlot 2017
  • Ken Deis Reserve Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Matt Iaconis Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • Matt Parish Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Matt Parish Pilot Hill Gang Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  El Dorado County 2016
  • Matt Parish Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Michaud Columbia Valley Riesling 2017
  • Richard Bruno Clarksburg Chenin Blanc 2017  
  • ROX Scott Peterson Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
  • Scott Kelley Oregon Pinot Noir 2017
  • Scott Kelley Oregon Tempranillo 2016
  • Scott Peterson S.P. Drummer Napa Valley Whiskey Barrel Red Blend 2016
  • Sharon Weeks Cattoo Paso Robles Malbec 2017
  • Sharon Weeks Cattoo Paso Robles Red Blend 2017
  • Tom Shula California Chardonnay 2017

BRONZE

  • D.H. Elliott California Petite Sirah 2017
  • Dave Harvey Columbia Valley Syrah 2016
  • David Akiyoshi Birthday Bottle Miller Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • David Akiyoshi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Clarksburg 2016
  • Karen Birmingham Clarksburg Petite Sirah 2017
  • Ken & Derek Crowdpleazin Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
  • Michaud Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Miriam Alexandra Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Richard Bruno Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • Rick Boyer Santa Barbara County Syrah 2017
  • Scott Kelley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

P.S. If you want a taste of these medal winning wines, you should:

  1. Make sure you’re an Angel! That way, you get the best pricing on the best wines (and support indie winemakers!)
  2. Follow the winning winemakers so you can get updates when their winning wines are back in stock


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