The nation's oldest and most prestigious wine competition, the State Fair Commercial Wine Competition gave Santa Barbara County's Bien Nacido Vineyard the title of 2010 "California Vineyard of the Year."
According to the State Fair:
"The 'California Vineyard of the Year' award was designed to recognize a California vineyard which has consistently - over several growing seasons - produced grapes that have contributed directly to wine of superior quality and marketability within commercial sales systems and among fine wine judgings."
If you've been tasting at the best local wineries, chances are you've enjoyed the fruits of Bien Nacido and know they deserve it. The vineyard will be honored at Sacramento'sGrape & Gourmet event on July 7. But since many of us won't be able to attend, I've compiled a list of some excellent local wines that have Bien Nacido to thank for their greatness. So grab one of these bottles and celebrate on your own:
2008 Jaffurs Bien Nacido Syrah (2007 is sold out; available for futures purchase only)
2004 Ken Brown Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah ($35)
2008 Fess Parker Bien Nacido Chardonnay (96 points from the Wine Enthusiast, $34)
2008 Foxen Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Block N ($52)
2007 Lane Tanner Pinot Noir- Bien Nacido Vineyards (94 points Wine Enthusiast, $33)
2008 Paul Lato Wines Il Padrino Syrah (The previous vintage won a 96 from the Wine Advocate, $125)
Or just check out this mega-list they have compiled on their site for more ideas.
Some other clients of Bien Nacido:
Alta Maria, Au Bon Climat, Qupe, Byron, Sanguis, Tantara, Villa Mt. Eden, Sin Qua Non, Twomey, Landmark Vineyards, Testarossa, Kynsi Winery, Gary Farrell Winery, Bonaccorsi Wine Co., Ambullneo Winery, and more.