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Wine Judging

Many thanks to our Wine Judges

Sommeliers of the American Riveria

Sommeliers of the American Riviera (StAR) is a guild of sommeliers in Santa Barbara, California, who support each other through networking, education and training, and are active in the community by volunteering at charitable events and providing a personal link between producers and consumers. info@sommeliersoftheamericanriviera.org

Members:

Emre Balli – Founder, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar

Dane Campbell – Brand Ambassador, Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards

Emily Johnston – General Manager, Les Marchands Wine Bar

Carlos Mascherin – Sommelier, Armada Wine & Beer Merchant

Wineries pouring at the Ojai Wine Festival can choose to participate in a special free wine judging service. Certified wine sommeliers will evaluate and score wines poured at this year’s festival. The team of sommeliers will complete a grading sheet for each wine, and will issue a score on the 100-point scale on the event day.

Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates will be awarded in several categories. Award winners will be announced at the event at 3pm. Certificates will be mailed out to the award winners.

Visit the Judging booth at the festival and drop off your wine samples for judging! All winning wines will be listed on the Ojai Wine Festival’s website on our winery page for one year. This is an excellent way to promote your winery and show off your wines! Here are the results from 2016:

The Annual Ojai Wine Festival Wine Awards

2016 Gold Medal Level Winners

Reds

Winery Award Winning Wine Gold Medal Score
Christian Lazo Wines 2012 Zinfandel, Paso Robles 94
Clos des Amis Wines 2014 Grenache, Ventura County 94
Rancho Sisquoc 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County 94
Alta Colina 2012 Old 900 Syrah, Alta Colina Vineyard, Paso Robles 93
Cantara Cellars 2011 “Mischevious” Red Blend, Lodi 93
Marianello Wines (The Sanger Family of Wines) 2012 Cielo Rubio (Super Tuscan Blend-Red) Santa Barbara County 93
Sagebrush Annie’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara County 93
Summerland Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Theresa-Nolle Private Reserve, Santa Rita Hills 93

Whites

Clos des Amis Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Olivelands Vineyard 94
End of the Road Winery 2013 Viognier Rock Bottom Vineyard, Ojai 93

2016 Silver Medal Level Winners

Reds

Winery Award Winning Wine Silver Medal Score
End of the Road Winery 2013 Syrah, Slippery Slope Vineyard, Upper, Ojai 92
Sunland Vintage Winery 2012 Alicante Bouschet, Madera 92
Tooth & Nail Winery 2013 “The Possessor”, Red Blend, Paso Robles 92

Rosés

Clos des Amis Wines 2015 Rosé, Ventura County 92

Whites

Derby Wine Estates 2013 Pinot Gris, San Simeon 92

2016 Bronze Medal Level Winners

Reds

Winery Award Winning Wine Bronze Medal Score
End of the Road Winery 2013 Syrah, Lower Slippery Slope Vineyard, Ojai 91
End of the Road Winery 2013 Grenache, press Slippery Slope Vineyard, Ojai 91
Mosby Winery 2009 Sagrantino, Santa Barbara County 91
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 2013 Estate 100% Merlot-Pomar Junction Vineyard, Paso Robles 91
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard 2011 Divin Bordeaux Blend, Paso Robles 91
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard 2011 “Old Vine” Petite Sirah, Estate, Paso Robles 91
Sunstone Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 91

Whites

Sunland Vintage Winery 2014 SVI Albarino, Lodi 91

The 2017 Ojai Wine Festival Sponsors