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Contra Costa Wineries Score Big

Local wine producers win more than 30 awards at 2010 Chronicle Wine Competition, including two double-golds for Walnut Creek's Shadowbrook.


Contra Costa County took another big step in reasserting itself as a leader in the wine industry, collectively taking home more than 30 awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Close to 5,000 entries were tasted and evaluated by 63 wine experts and several Contra Costa wines beat out their Napa competitors for the title. CLICK HERE to read our story on the recent reemergence of Contra Costa wineries.

Included in the Contra Costa winner circle was Walnut Creek’s Shadowbrook Winery who took home an impressive haul of awards, including double gold for their 2007 cabernet sauvignon as well as a 2007 encore wine, a blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah.

“The climate near Mt. Diablo and the surrounding area is extremely varied giving Contra Costa County the ability to produce a larger variety of wines than you would see in Napa,” said a thrilled Aldo Ghiozzi, Chairman of the Wine Grape and Olive Growers Association. “The biggest problem we face is getting people to realize we even have wine down here.”

Among the other notable winners were Brentwood-based Bloomfield Vineyards and Hannah Nicole Vineyards, who took home 16 awards between them. CLICK HERE for the complete list of winners, compiled Ghiozzi.