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Doffo Winery takes top prize in annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting


Last updated 12/11/2017 at Noon

link Visit Temecula Valley, in coordination with Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, recently announced the winners of the second annual People’s Choice Blind Tasting. The event took place Sunday, Nov. 12, at Leoness Cellars, and featured a walk-around blind tasting, a wine seminar led by Master of Wine Roger Bohmrich and a six-course awards dinner paired with last year’s winning wines.

Doffo Winery’s 2015 Zinfandel took first place in the competition, after taking second place to Wilson Creek’s Petite Sirah at last year’s inaugural event. The 2017 second place winner was Lorimar Winery’s 2014 Syrah, and third place was taken by Thornton Winery’s 2014 Estate Syrah.

linklink “We are beyond thrilled with receiving 1st Place in the People’s Choice competition,” Damian Doffo, CEO and winemaker for Doffo Winery, said. “We work very hard in the vineyard to produce high quality fruit and make exceptional wine. We look forward to sharing our wine with the public in February.”

link Over 200 guests tasted 29 wines – six whites and 23 reds – without knowing any of the wines’ identities and rated them on a scale of one to five during a walk-around wine tasting.

The top 12-scoring wines from this portion of the event went on to be poured during a wine seminar led by Master of Wine Roger Bohmrich, where they were again tasted blind and rated on a scale of one to five, including Bohmrich.

Final scores were tallied to determine the top three “People’s Choice” wines.

Wines could be any variety or blend, at any price point, as long as they were from the Temecula Valley American Viticultural Area.

Entries ranged from just $24 per bottle to well over $100 and represented a number of grape varieties, from falanghina to syrah to cabernet franc.

In addition to the walk-around tasting and seminar, the event featured a six-course dinner created by Chef Daragh Matheson from Leoness Cellars, paired with last year’s People’s Choice winners. A VIP reception offered hand-selected pours presented by local winemakers and winery owners. San Diego singer-songwriter Christian Taylor performed throughout the tasting. The evening’s dinner program was emceed by Lindsay Pomeroy, Master of Wine candidate and owner of the “Wine Smarties” school in San Diego, and a brief keynote was delivered by Bohmrich. Local musician Brian Stodart performed throughout the dinner program.

Sponsors included Gosch Ford, 34° Crisps, Palpula Dips and Sauces, Temecula Lavender Co., Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, All In Limo & Party Bus, Grapeline Wine Tours and American AgCredit. Carter Estate Winery & Resort was the official hotel partner for the event.

The top twelve scoring wines in alphabetical order were Avensole Winery 2014 Malbec, $32.95; Baily Vineyard & Winery 2014 Malbec, $25; Doffo Winery 2015 Zinfandel, $72; Falkner Winery 2014 Rock Creek Syrah, $49.95; Fazeli Cellars 2014 Shiraz, $48; Hart Winery 2014 Volcanic Ridge Vineyard Syrah, $60; Leoness Cellars 2014 CS Cabernet Franc-Merlot, $38; Lorimar Winery 2014 Syrah, $48; Miramonte Winery 2014 Estate Syrah, $65; South Coast Winery 2016 Viognier, $25; Thornton Winery 2014 Estate Syrah, $49 and Wiens Family Cellars 2015 Sangiovese, $44.

Most wines can be purchased directly online through each winery’s website.


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