Lewis Grace Grenache wins top award

After judges in the annual North of the Gate Wine Competition tasted through 255 wines from across Northern California, they awarded 216 medals, including 27 gold and 10 double gold. The Lewis Grace 2013 Grenache from the Sierra Foothills was named the competition’s Best of Show winner.

The competition, held March 19 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif., recognizes the importance of wineries located north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 2015 competition was judged by distinguished wine professionals, including wine writer Dan Berger, educator and Vineyard & Winery Management wine competitions director Debra Del Fiorentino, wine editor Bill McNabb, Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, wine writer Von Hurson and radio show host Larry Van Aalst.

Special awards were given for the best wines in eight counties:

Best of Butte County:

Bertagna 2012 Son Kissed Vineyards Sangiovese

Best of Contra Costa County:

Cline Vineyards 2013 Ancient Vine Mourvèdre

Best of El Dorado County:

Lewis Grace 2013 Grenache

Best of Humboldt County:

Briceland 2013 Phelps Vineyard Pinot Noir

Best of Lake County:

Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery 2013 Chardonnay

Best of Mendocino County:

Navarro 2014 Pinot Blanc

Best of Napa County:

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best of Nevada County:

Nevada City Winery 2012 Petite Sirah

For more information about the competition, visit www.sonoma-marinfair.org/wine.