We have been receiving positive press from Festivals and Competitions around the country.
First close to home we have the Winemaker Challenge which is an international wine competition held in San Diego on Jan 19th and 20th. This is the fourth annual competition where judges taste blind to see what wines in the new year have to offer. A gold medal is awarded to wines "that possess an added dimension or profound characteristics" by 2 out of 3 judges at a table. A silver is awarded to a wine "that exhibits above average character for the wine type and place of origin."
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon received a GOLD medal
2010 Little Sister received a SILVER medal
Next a little farther away in South Carolina we have the Hilton Head Food and Wine Festival which has been running for 28 years. This is a festival that benefits educational opportunities for students in the Hospitality program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and supports a scholarship program through John T and Valerie Curry at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. This competition goes on the last week of January and Wallis Estate received some amazing positive comments from stranger and friends alike.
2010 Little Sister received a Gold medal
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon received a SILVER medal
We hope everyone that went to either of these events enjoyed themselves and if you ever want to share stories with us please feel free!
The Wallis Family
Exciting news! San Francisco Chronicle just put out their results for the 2013 competition.
In more exciting news the Wine Enthusiast magazine also gave the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon a 91 for their upcoming issue.
We are very proud of our wine maker, Thomas Rivers Brown, and his amazing staff and are excited to bring this great wine to your table. Please contact us to start your order today.
As I was stumbling around my emails today I found this very interesting article written by Tim Atkins giving a glimpse into the rich history of the Napa Valley winery world. He gives reference to how wine arrived in the valley and makes references to how it was sustained through the years as well as geological relations to France. Worth a read
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!
Just a little update from Wallis Family Estate we are on page 63 of Wine and Spirits magazine as the "BEST BUY" for 2012 top 100 Cabernet! Very happy the 2009 wine is doing so well. For this holiday season you may want to look into the 2010 as it will pair wonderfully with the big holiday dinner you may already be thinking about preparing.
China is now supporting the legitimacy of Napa Valley as a wine culture, which means that Napa Valley is truly a big player in the this new generation. Many wineries who export their wines to China can feel safer now that their wines and their names are being protected by the government of China.
The article I read this from was gathered from Napa Valley Vintners recent news release:
The Wallis Estate fruit is located 600 feet up Diamond Mountain provding a challenging environment for the grapes to grow. This allows the grapes to mature in their own unique way. Here are some pictures to show what kind of terrain the vines have to work with
The grapes are flourising this year as it has been dry and warm allowing the fruit to soak up as much sun as it can before the rains.
Good luck with this coming Harvest!
The 2012 Family Winemakers of California tasting was great fun. On a beautiful cloudless sunny day on the warf of San Fransisco the Fort Mason center hosted over 250 wines.
There was a lot of trade and many consumers who came by the table on Sunday, to say hello, and I know more trade will be coming by to try the ever favored Wallis Cabernet Sauvignon later this afternoon.
Thanks to all the familiar faces that came by to say hello yesterday! It was great to see you again.
Get prepared for Wallis Family Estate will be pouring wine in the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Sunday September 9th and Monday the 10th along with many other small boutique wineries. The doors open at 1pm and close at 6pm I hope to see some of you there. Please be sure to come to the table and introduce yourself to the Wallis Family as they will be at the table pouring.
So I don't know if you have heard but Wallis Estate was one of a few sponsors at the distinguished TED-X talk at Sonoma County encouraging "A Sense of Place". The speakers were fantastic and for those lucky to have heard about it were able to discuss some of the inspiring ideas talked about after the presentations with a sensation glass of Wallis Estate.
If you didn't make it but care to hear the speakers click on this link: TED-X Sonoma County "Inspiring a Sense of Place". There are also numerous other inspiring videos ranging from every topic imaginable.
Hope you are enjoying these beautiful Summer days