A Stunning Competition Debut for Brandon Reitz and D’Artagnan!

It’s a little over a year since we released our first wines on Memorial Day 2013 and we thought we’d send a wine off to some competitions, just to see how we’d do. But which wine to send? We couldn’t send the 2011s, since competitions want you to send the wine in the spring and we hadn’t released them. We couldn’t send the 2010 Zinfandel or 2012 Riesling, we already sold out! So we sent off the 2010 Malbec to the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and both the Malbec and the 2013 Albarino to the California State Fair.

We are delighted to report that the Malbec earned silver medals in BOTH competitions (missing a Gold at the State Fair by one point, scoring 89 in the judges’ tallies). And we are truly delighted – nay, ecstatic – to share that the 2013 Lodi Albarino – the very first wine made entirely by winemaker Brandon Reitz sent to a competition under his own name – earned not only Gold, but Best of Class of Region and Best White Wine – Microwinery. (Your faithful blogger must stop cheering here long enough to point out that many, many talented winemakers have toiled for entire careers in the California wine industry without winning a Best White or Best Red.) We are so proud of Brandon, who has worked so hard, knocking it out of the park on his first at bat, so to speak.

The Albarino is available in the tasting room only, with a two bottle limit, six for wine club members since we only made 63 cases (microwinery indeed!). The 2010 Malbec is still available and we have now released the 2011 and argue daily over which one we like best. Come on in to 815 Sutter Street in Old Town Folsom and celebrate with us!