Medal Count Reflects High Quality of Temecula Valley Wines
Wines from Temecula received over 100 Gold, Double Gold and Best of Class awards in wine competitions in 2009. Double Gold requires unanimous approval from a panel of four judges and Best of Class reflects superiority, typically in a price category.
For South Coast Winery owner Jim Carter, whose wines received 49 Gold and 23 Double Gold/Best of Class awards in 2009, including the prestigious Golden Bear Award from the California State Fair Wine Competition in 2008 and 2009, the results are testament to the growing number of quality wines consistently coming from Temecula Valley. "Although we are not a large wine region, we are producing as fine a wine as anywhere in the state," he said. Temecula Valley's medal count is even more impressive given the quality of the wines entered and the caliber of judges, many who come from all over the country. "Overall I think the level of competency in Temecula Valley is going up," said Keyways Vineyard and Winery winemaker Michael Tingley. "This not only reflects the skill of the winemaker but the expertise of growers who are becoming better and better at what they do."
Temecula Valley is the premiere winemaking region in Southern California. Over the last decade, the number of wineries in Temecula has doubled and more new wineries are in the planning stages. More importantly, the area's reputation for making fine wine is on the rise as local wines continue to win major awards at wine competitions that include well-known domestic and international brands.