La Riojana was absolutely thrilled to have won a Double Gold medal and the “Best in Show Sparkling” award for its Raza Dolce Torrontés 2011 in America’s largest and most prestigious wine competition, the San Francisco International Wine Competition. In addition to this, La Riojana was delighted to win a Silver medal for its Raza Reserva Malbec 2009.
This year celebrated the 31st year of the San Francisco International Wine Competition and was held at San Francisco's Hotel Nikko on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2011. It was at this hotel that 48 wine industry professionals convened to evaluate wines from 20 states and 29 countries. In total the tasting included 4,184 wines from over 1,200 wineries, including 392 new winery participants.
The total number of medals awarded included 153 Double Gold awards (a wine is elevated to Double Gold status when all judges on a particular panel agree that a wine deserves a Gold medal), 290 Gold medals, 1,102 Silver medals and 1,549 Bronze medals.
In addition to the medals, the competition awarded "Best in Show" awards, which included: La Riojana’s Raza 2011 Torrontés, Famatina Valley, $10 for Best in Show Sparkling; Turk 2009 Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, $20 for Best in Show Dry White Wine; Lynmar Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Quail Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley, $60 for Best in Show Red Wine; V. Sattui Winery 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, Napa Valley, $31 for Best in Show Sweet White Wine; and Pocas Junior 1976 Colheita Port, Douro Valley, $80 for Best in Show Fortified Wine.