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SF Chronicle Wine Competition: 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Fog Catcher Awarded Best in Class

January 13, 2014

Paso Robles, CA—Niner Wine Estates is ecstatic to announce the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results.  Both the 2009 Fog Catcher and the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon won Best in Class awards in their respective categories ($50 and up Bordeaux Blends, and $35-$40 Cabernet Sauvignons). In addition, our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc garnered a gold medal, while our 2011 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Merlot and 2010 Syrah each received a silver medal.

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition saw a record breaking number of participants, with almost 6,000 entries from over 1,500 wineries from all across America. The competition is a blind tasting event featuring over 65 judges. The judging panel is comprised of people from throughout the wine industry: media experts, education, winemaking, restaurants and hospitality. As said by the SF Chronicle, “this unique competition is designed to bring together the most distinguished judges in the country to compare wines in multiple price ranges and varieties to determine the best of the best in each category that appeal to all walks of life from a college student to a sommelier.”
If you enjoy the SF Chronicle’s rating system, check out these other Paso Robles Winners:
Calcareous Vineyards: 2010 Syrah, Sweepstakes Winner
Thacher Winery: 2011 Petite Sirah, Best in Show
Sculpterra Winery: 2010 Maquette, Best in Show 
The 2009 Fog Catcher, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Merlot, 2010 Syrah and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc are each currently available for purchase in our tasting room, and on our website. Our 2011 Cabernet Franc will be released in 2014, first to wine club members and then to the general public.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Niner 2010 Sangiovese Receives 90 POINTS!

October 1, 2013

Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast editor, Steve Heimoff, our 2010 Sangiovese received 90 POINTS!

Here's what Steve had to say about this 90 POINT wine:

"Lots of smooth drinking pleasure in this Sangiovese. In fact, it does just what this Italian variety is supposed to. It's medium-bodied and silky, with great acidity and a firm brace of tannins, and has a transparency that seems to reflect the soil. The cherry and red currant flavors are savory and pure. A little hot, but one of the most pleasant Sangioveses on the market." --S.H. (10/1/2013)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Niner 2012 Albarino Receives 88 POINTS & 'Editors' Choice' award!

October 1, 2013

Reviewed by Wine Enthusiast Editor, Steve Heimoff, our 2012 Albarino received 88 POINTS and 'Editors' Choice' Award!

Here's what Steve had to say about the Albarino:

"The tart acidity, clean minerality and intense citrus, green apple, kiwi, honey and goosdeberry flavors immediately suggest a cool growing area. Edna Valley it is, with excellent results. The wine has no trace of oak, so what you get is brisk, mouthwatering fruit and a dry finish." --S.H. (10/1/2013)

San Luis Obispo Tribune "Locals Shine at Central Coast Wine Competition"

July 7, 2013

Niner Wine Estates sweeps the Central Coast Wine Competition with two 'Best of Class' awards and four 'Gold Medals'.  Click here to read about these awards, among others, in our local newspaper: The San Luis Obispo Tribune. 

Tasting Panel Magazine "Industry Spotlights: Appointments"

July 1, 2013

Read about our winemaker, Patrick Muran, in thisTasting Panel Magazine article, which mentions his promotion to Head Winemaker at Niner Wine Estates in May of 2013. Click here to read the article.

Tasting Panel Magazine "Too Good to Pass Up"

June 1, 2013

A beautiful feature on our newly acquired Edna Valley vineyard, Jespersen Vineyard, written by Michelle Ball and photographed by Jeremy Ball. When this vineyard came on the market, it was just too good to pass up, according to our owners, Richard and Pam Niner. Click here to read the two-page feature, which includes beautful photos of the hill-side estate.

Wine Business Monthly March Cover

March 1, 2013

Yours truly featured on the cover of Wine Business Monthly! Doesn't get much better than this. Click here to see our beautiful gravity-flow winery featured on the cover of this issue.

Tasting Panel Magazine "2012 Most Outstanding Wine and Spirits of the Year"

December 1, 2012

The 2007 Fog Catcher, received "The Stand Out" award in the December issue of the Tasting Panel Magazine's "2012 Most Outstanding Wine & Spirits of the Year" article. Click here to see the feature.

Wine Business Monthly "Mobile and Cloud Apps Improve Efficiency in the Cellar"

October 1, 2012

Author Michael Lasky takes a close look at technology and how it is improving efficiency in winery cellars in this Wine Business Monthly article. We use a software system called VinX2 to carefully monitor cellar activities when away from the winery, like the close monitoring of fermentation rates while our winemaker sleeps soundly at home. Click here to read this interesting article.

Wine & Spirits Magazine "American New Releases"

October 1, 2012

The October issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine writes a wonderful review of our 2008 Syrah, Bootjack Ranch, Paso Robles. Click here to read the full review.