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In today’s wine column in the Ukiah Daily Journal, I recapped the results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (see my previous blog post).

The only thing substantially different from the piece I posted here earlier was a thought on who Mendocino County’s big wine winner was:

“While a case could be made for Husch, Handley, Navarro, or McFadden as the big winner, based on number of big medals or percentage of Gold medals to wines entered, for me the big story is the success of Campovida. The Best of Class, Double Gold, and three Gold Medals for Campovida amply validates the wine program expansion and winemaker’s direction. Kudos to Campovida’s owners Gary Breen and Anna Beuselinck, and winemaker Sebastian Donoso on your successes!”

Campovida Bottles

Campovida’s success doesn’t take away from any other winery’s success. Everyone who got a medal, even a single Bronze, is deserving of congratulations. That said, what Campovida accomplished, with essentially a brand new wine program, was, to me anyway, very worthy of notice.

Campovida Barrels

Here’s the results for Campovida at this year’s 2014 San Francisco Chronicle wine Competition:

BEST OF CLASS – 2012 Campovida Grenache, Dark Horse, Mendocino County $36.00
DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Campovida Roussanne, Bonofiglio, Mendocino County $32.00 
GOLD – 2012 Campovida Arneis,Spirit Canyon, Mendocino County $36.00               
GOLD – 2012 Campovida Riserva Rose di Grenache, Mendocino County $34.00     
GOLD – 2012 Campovida Negroamaro, Chiarito,  Mendocino County $36.00            
SILVER – 2012 Campovida  Chardonnay, Oppenlander, Mendocino County $36.00  
SILVER – 2012 Campovida Riserva Campo di Rossa (Rhone Blend), Mendocino County $38.00       

Impressive.