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TASTE News Service, May 11, 2016 - Winemakers from the USA showed they are a force to be reckoned with at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with a serious haul of medals.

Following two weeks of intensive blind tasting in London last month, where international wine experts tasted thousands of entries, five Gold medals were awarded to American wines, as well as 26 wines with Silver medals, and 35 entries receiving Bronze. Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented, “This has been a fantastic year for American wine producers at the International Wine Challenge. We think of California as the home of fine wine in the US, but it was great to award a Gold to an Oregon Pinot Noir, to join the Golds from California. Never before have so many IWC Gold medals been won by US winemakers.”

Ted Seghesio with barrels PicmonkeyTed Seghesio at the family's Sonoma winery• All five of the top winners were red wines, with four of the Gold medals coming from California.

• California’s Napa Valley produced two Gold medal winners. Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 was one. The same winery also won two Silvers and three Bronze medals. Recently-appointed chief winemaker Mark Beringer is the great great grandson of one of the company’s founding brothers, Jacob Beringer. Beringer received a Gold medal back in 2014 for its Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

• Fellow Napa producer Stags’ Leap Winery received its first Gold medal for its Napa Valley Cabernet 2013, as well as an additional Silver medal and two Bronzes. One of California’s oldest wineries, the 240 acre estate has been producing wine since 1893.

• Seghesio Family Vineyard in California’s Sonoma County produced a Gold medal winner, the Seghesio Family Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, a blend of Zinfandel with a dash of Petite Sirah. The family-run vineyard celebrated its 120th anniversary last year and securing its first IWC Gold medal is testament to the passion and dedication of the team.

• Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 by producer Terlato from the Stags Leap District, California, picked up its first ever IWC Gold medal, as well as an additional Bronze. The Terlato family bought Chimney Rock in 2004, to add to their other wine interests.

• The fifth Gold medal for the USA went to Oregon-based Angela Estate for its Angela Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013. Oregon is fast winning an international reputation for its Pinot Noirs. This is the first Gold medal win for Angela Estate. The owner, Antony Beck, is a native South African wine producer who began Angela Estate in 2006. Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” Pinot Noir 2012 was awarded a Silver medal.

Editor’s note: A full list of winners is available at http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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