The Flying Goat Cellars’ 2009 Pinot Noir was the highest scoring Pinot Noir from a Sta. Rita Hills AVA vineyard, just shy of being a sweepstakes winner. Flying Goat’s 2009 Pinot Noir Garey Ranch Vineyard was awarded a Silver and 2009 Goat Bubbles Blanc de Blancs Sierra Madre Vineyard was awarded a Bronze.

“We are thrilled that the results of this competition position us with some of the finest wines in the world and signal to consumers that we produce wines worth purchasing,” said winemaker Norm Yost. “We were a 2007 Sweepstakes winner and benefited immediately from Northern California media exposure and purchases on our website.”

The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition set a new American wine competition record with 5,575 entries and 1,723 wineries. For nine consecutive years, this prestigious competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.” Lompoc resident DeWayne Holmdahl was one of 65 judges at the competition. “I was proud to see a Lompoc winery using fruit from Sta. Rita Hills AVA score so well,” Holmdahl said. “Flying Goat and other local wineries, such as Huber and Alma Rosa, represented our local appellation with several award winning wines.”

Results were announced online at and on January 6, 2012. A public tasting of these award winning wines will be at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 2-5 pm on February 18, 2012.

Flying Goat Cellars has been handcrafting vineyard designated Pinot Noir since 2000 and sparkling wine since 2005. For more information contact Kate Griffith, Chief Philosopher/Owner, at or 805-737-GOAT.


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