LODI — American wine consumers like wines from everywhere, according to results from the fifth Consumer Wine Awards Competition held in March in Lodi.
Winners ranged from big California cabernets to delicate white wines and many shades of moscato, according to competition chairman Jim Natsis and co-chairman David Akin. The program is presented by the Lodi Tokay Rotary Club and benefits its contributions to local and international charities.
“These sophisticated wine consumers — not wine industry people — found something for every wine lover at every variety, price and style,” the directors said.
Platinum winners were Peirano Estate Vineyards 2012 Muscat; Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2012 Muscat Winemakers Selection; Barefoot Muscat NV; Austerity 2011 Proprietary Red Wine; Barefoot Bubbly NV; Eberle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; Gravestone Vineyards Paso Tombstone Red NV; Irish Family Vineyards 2010 Barbera; Macchia 2009 Rebellious Petite Sirah; Oak Farm Vineyards 2011 Barbera; Rhiannon 2011 Vinifera Red Blends; The Naked Grape Chardonnay (oaked) NV and Toasted Toad Cellars Zinfandel NV.
The competition winners for 2013 George M. Taber Awards, given to top-performing wines that retail for under $10, were Bota Box 2011 Merlot; The Naked Grape Chardonnay NV; Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Red NV; Rare Red–Red Blend NV; and Oak Leaf Moscato NV.
A complete list of winners is at ConsumerWineAwards.com.