At Christopher Cellars, we are thrilled to share the exciting news that all five of our entered wines have not only stood their ground but have emerged triumphant at the prestigious 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This annual event, featuring over 5,500 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries, is a testament to the fierce competition and high standards within the industry. Let's raise a glass to a clean sweep!
“Best of Class” Winner! Introducing the 2022 Grand Cuvée ($30.00), our latest blend that masterfully combines Carignan from Mule Plane Vineyard, Cinsault from Sprague Family Vineyard, and Zinfandel from Stampede Vineyard – three renowned Lodi vineyards celebrated for exceptional quality. This unique blend captures the essence of Lodi, going beyond a mere combination of grapes to represent the region itself. Carignan brings refreshing acidity, Zinfandel contributes robust structure and rich mouthfeel, and Cinsault adds enchanting perfume. Recognized as "Best of Class" in this prestigious wine competition, The Grand Cuvée invites a sensorial journey into Lodi's heart, showcasing its distinctive features with layers of fruit, velvety texture, and captivating aromatics. Each component is explored, highlighting the legacy of Mule Plane Vineyard, the purity of Sprague Family Vineyard, and the unique expression of Zinfandel from Stampede Vineyard. The Grand Cuvée is not just a wine; it's a celebration of Lodi's viticultural heritage and the artistry of Christopher in crafting a blend that truly captures the essence of this exceptional winegrowing region.
Earning the prestigious "Double Gold" designation is our fourth vintage, the Chardonnay ($32.00), Lodi AVA. A labor of love, this wine is aged in an innovative blend of 30% stainless steel tank, 40% neutral French oak, and 30% new French oak, achieving a sublime balance and finesse. Harvested at three distinct pick points in the vineyard, the meticulous approach results in a captivating and nuanced expression of our Chardonnay.
Our 2021 Carignan ($38.00) from the Mule Plane Vineyard has secured the prestigious "Gold" award, a testament to its exceptional quality. This historical vineyard cated in the Mokelumne River AVA. Mule Plane Vineyard is managed by John Shinn and boasts own-rooted Carignan vines dating back to the late 1920s. Certified as Lodi Rules Sustainable, the vineyard benefits from a mild Mediterranean climate and optimal exposure to delta breezes. Unfortunately, this wine is now sold out, highlighting the demand for our outstanding offerings. We will be bottling the 2022 Vintage Febraury 13th 2024. Be on the look out during the 2024 Thanksgiving wine release.
We proudly add two more Silver awards to our collection. The 2022 Zinfandel Cuvée ($28.00) and the 2022 Duet Blend ($35.00), both from the Lodi Appellation, showcase the diversity and skill embedded in our winemaking process.
We will be featuring these wines at the San Franisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting. This event will take place at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, on Feb 17th 2024 from 1:30-4:30pm. Tickets available here.