Madera wineries win awards

Each summer season, the California wine world is abuzz with news from the prestigious Sunset International Wine Competition.


More than 2,900 vintages vie for the annual accolades, and this year, two of Madera County’s wineries took home double gold.


To earn a Double Gold medal, the judges must award a score higher than 95 points. This is no easy feat amongst the distinguished applicants in this year’s field.


Excitingly, San Joaquin Winery’s 2021 Toschi Vineyards Red Moscato did exactly that, earning the winery its highest award to date.


In addition, Westbrook Wine Farm, located in the Sierra foothill of O’Neals, also took home Double Gold and Best of Class for the Westbrook Wine Farm NV Malmsey Dearest.


“To have a wine receive a medal here is no small achievement,” said Debra DelFiorentino, CEO/Executive Director of the Sunset International Wine Competition. “Our competition is one of the most respected, recognized for consistently identifying the best wines produced internationally. This contest again drew top-level wines, and our hand-picked, top-quality judges determined which wines stood out as worthy of accolades.”


In addition to their first Double Gold Medal, San Joaquin Winery also earned silver medals for their Moody Press Cellars Brut Blanc de Blanc and Toschi Vineyards Family Blend at the competition. Furthermore, the winery earned silver medals and 91 points each for the 2021 Toschi Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 Moody Press Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2019 Toschi Vineyards Pinot Noir at the California State Fair.


“We are very proud and excited to receive our latest medals, especially the Double Gold for our Toschi Vineyards Red Moscato. The Moscato grapes come from our locally farmed vineyard, which we carefully evaluate for quality from bud break to harvest, ” San Joaquin Winery, Winemaker Miguel Sanchez, said. “The hours spent monitoring this vineyard have definitely paid off. We hope you will stop by our tasting room, open seven days a week, and try these latest award-winning wines.”


Westbrook Wine Farm winemaker Ray Krause, gives thanks to his clientele (the ultimate judges) for their continued support. Westbrook Wine Farm is open for wine tasting by appointment only.