South Coast Winery designated as ‘Winery of the Year’ by 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition’s The Tasting Panel Magazine

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Competing at the 39th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, South Coast Winery, owned by Carter Hospitality, is named 2019 “Winery of the Year” by SFIWC-affiliated The Tasting Panel Magazine. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Competing at the 39th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, South Coast Winery, owned by Carter Hospitality, garnered the 2019 “Winery of the Year” award from SFIWC-affiliated The Tasting Panel Magazine. The SFIWC, a member of The Tasting Alliance, is one of the oldest international wine competitions in the world and North America’s largest wine judging event.

In addition to the “Winery of the Year” designation, South Coast Winery was awarded “Best of Class” for its Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyards Touriga Nacional, 2016 in the Spanish/Portuguese/Argentine Red category. It also won two Double Gold awards for its Daybreak Muscat and Wild Horse Peak Mountain Vineyards Touriga Nacional, 2016. Gold medals were earned by the vineyard’s 4 Block Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016; Muscat Canelli, 2018; Reservoir Block Petite Sirah, 2016; and Tempranillo Rosé, 2018. South Coast Winery received 29 awards in total.

Also recognized at SFIWC was South Coast Wineries sister property and member of the Carter Hospitality family, Carter Creek Winery, located in Texas Hill Country. It took home awards for its Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017; Tempranillo, 2016; Tempranillo, 2017; and Sparkling Peach. Additionally, Carter Estate Winery in Temecula received a medal for its Penrose Red Blend, 2016.

“Our impressive achievements recognized by The Tasting Panel and San Francisco International Wine Competition is a testament to our commitment to producing wines that meet The Tasting Alliance’s founding principles of legacy, integrity and experience,” Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality, which owns South Coast Winery, said. “Since our inception in 2003, we have accumulated over 3,000 important accolades for our wines, but we are particularly proud to be honored as ‘the best of the best’ by the SFIWC.”

Medal winners of SFIWC awards are judged throughout three days of highly controlled blind tastings by experienced judging panels. Each entry is judged on its own merit, not compared to other entries. When an entry receives a Gold medal from all the judges on a panel, then it earns a Double Gold medal. Select Double Gold wines advance to the Sweepstakes Competition where judges deliberate to determine the Best of Class and Best in Show Premium Award winners, recognizing the best of the best.

The only winery among the state’s top wineries to claim the title of California Winery of the Year four times at the California State Fair Wine Competition, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa sets the gold standard for excellence amongst California wineries, earning more than 3,000 awards since its inception in 2003. Situated on 63 lush acres, the resort offers a breathtaking retreat for wine tours, romantic getaways and group events with 132 rooms and villas, a working winery and tasting room, gift shop, full-service spa and restaurant.

South Coast Winery offers a broad portfolio of 45 wine labels, the majority of which are available for sampling in its main tasting room – from robust reds such as tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, petit syrah, merlot and pinot noir to whites including sauvignon blanc, viognier, pinot grigio, chardonnay and riesling. Also available are sparkling wines, dessert wines and other specialty offerings. The winery employs a staff of skilled winemakers, including master winemaker Jon McPherson and winemaker Javier Flores, both with decades of experience in the wine industry.

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