2012 Dashe Ancient Vines Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley Red ($35, 14.1%): No surprise that two wines from this site near Kenwood appear here. What’s fascinating here is the interpreter: Michael Dashe, a perennial voice of Zinfandel restraint. A mix of Carignane, Zinfandel and Mourvedre, it’s a standout even amid the typically strong Dashe lineup — full of lavender, dust, matcha powder and a subtle cardamom spice, plus mellow fruit (cherry and cassis) and yet plenty of structure if you want to age it.

Jon Bonné

Wine Enthusiast

San Francisco Chronicel Wine Competition

The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World

After receiving 5,825 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

65 professional wine judges traveled to Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County from January 7th through January 10th. The judges were carefully selected from a myriad of fields that included trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality in order to contribute their expertise in the greatest collaborative judging in the US.

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines. A special category was also added that included a label contest that is independent of the wine.