Lake County Wine Celebrates California Wine Month - The People Speak!

Terry Derenuik - September 24, 2016

The world of fine wines is awash with professional tastings, commercial wine competitions, and individual critics’ rating scores.  Gold medals, 90 point ratings, and more flood the media with opinions, recommendations, and comments about the wines that we buy and enjoy. 

In the midst of all of this professional wine commentary, giving the public a chance to vote for their favorite wines mirrors the way that we buy in today’s world - caring more about friends’ recommendations and experience than what the company says about the product. 

Gregory Graham is no stranger to winning medals and accolades for his wines.  And yet, with all of the prestige that comes with winning professional judging events, the honor of being named the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice event brought a smile to Graham’s face.  “I like to see people enjoy my wine.  People are the ones who ultimately buy the wine, so when they select my wine as their favorite, it really means something!”  Two of Graham’s wines, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Cinder Cone, won the 2016 People’s Choice tasting. 

The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc competed against a field of 13 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc wines in a blind tasting event.  Greg noted, “After the blind tasting was over, I went through and tasted all of the wines.  I was pleased to have my wine win in a field of so many good wines.”  20 percent of the 2015 vintage spent six months in French oak which Graham says gave it a denseness that past vintages have not had.  “I like the way the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc turned out and plan to duplicate this again in 2016.” Graham said.

Graham’s 2011 Cinder Cone Reserve is a proprietary blend of Syrah, Cabernet, and Grenache from Graham’s Crimson Hill Vineyard blended with Malbec from a nearby Red Hills vineyard.  It was awarded a Gold medal in the 2016 Lake County Wine Awards Competition.

Taste the winners at Gregory Graham Winery in Lower Lake.

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