Three Brentwood wine companies were recently honored at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, so when it comes time to pick the wines, remember that some of the best wines in the country are right here in your backyard.
“Grapes have been growing in Contra Costa County for more than 100 years, but they’re just now being used to make wine again,” said Neil Cohn, CEO of Hannah Nicole Vineyards, which received 10 awards. “The people of Brentwood are the ones that really get to benefit from this because Brentwood is a bedroom community. You normally have to leave town to do a lot of things, but now wine tasting is just down the road, and we’re happy to be a part of that.”
Hannah Nicole Vineyards picked up three silver and seven bronze awards at the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest such competition in the United States. This year’s contest featured 4,913 wines from more than 900 wineries, judged by a panel of 55 wine experts and enthusiasts.
Cohn said it is an honor to receive 10 awards, especially when competing with the best wineries in the nation: “We’re very proud of our products. Contra Costa County produces some good, solid grapes that become great wines, and we’re proud to be Brentwood’s first modern winery.”
Hannah Nicole’s wine tastings are held Tuesday through Sunday at the vineyards, located at 6700 Balfour Road, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.hnvwines.com.
Brentwood’s Tamayo Family Vineyards received four bronze awards at the Chronicle’s competition. General Manager Mark Enlow said Tamayo has won more than a dozen awards at the competition since first debuting three years ago, but this year’s victory was especially sweet.
“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine competition is the largest in the county and one of the largest in the world, so to place among some of the country’s top wineries is a real honor,” Enlow said. “There were some really good entrants this year – an ocean of competition – so it’s rewarding to know that we stand up among some of the best around.”
Tamayo Family Vineyards, with offices located at 2155 Elkins Way, Suite C, has tentatively scheduled it spring release and barrel tasting for Saturday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.tamayowines.com or call 925-513-8463.
Bloomfield Vineyards took home six awards (four silver and two bronze) at the wine competition. One of Bloomfield’s signature wines, Devil’s Daughter, a unique blend of chardonnay and viognier, was awarded the silver medal at the Chronicle competition and named Best of Class at the 2009 California State Fair Wine Competition.
Becky Bloomfield said she attributes prime soil and climate conditions to the success of Contra Costa County wines.
Bloomfield Vineyards will host its inaugural barrel tasting event at Brentwood’s Co. Co. Wine Company, 633 First St. in Brentwood, on Sunday, Jan. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.bloomfieldvineyards.com or call Becky Bloomfield at 925-783-0050.
If you’d like to sample more wines from Contra Costa County, including Concord’s Sterling Albert Winery and Walnut Creek’s Shadowbrook Winery, visit Brentwood’s Co. Co. Wine Company. For more information, visit www.cocowineco.com or call 925-634-9463.