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Madera County Winery Takes High Honors at Orange County, San Francisco Wine Competitions

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A Malbec wine from Madera County took top honors at the 2012 Orange County Fair wine competition in Costa Mesa June 5 and 6.

Farview Farm Vineyard, owned by Ray and Tammy Krause of O’Neals, earned a four star gold medal for their Malbec Saint Michael. It was the only Malbec to earn this coveted rating.RayTammy Krause SMALL at Fasi 2009 largerRay and Tammy Krause

“Gold medals are like belly buttons. A four star gold, well, that’s a different story,” said Krause with the usual quick wit and good-natured grin for which he’s known – almost as much as for his wines.

Ray said he’s grateful for the recognition, and he and Tammy were pleasantly surprised.

“To be the only Malbec to win a FSG out of all Malbec entries in all price ranges and, to be one of but 39 given out of nearly 2800 wines is pretty cool.”

The honor means even more, as the approval comes from his peers. Only California wines are judged at the prestigious event, and only California vintners serve as judges.

Ray said the latest accolades continue to prove a point that he and the Madera Vintner’s Association has been championing; that Madera County grapes, given proper attention, can produce top quality wines.

“Chalk up another win for Madera County-grown fruit which can certainly hold its own against the big dogs,” he said in an email thanking his winegrowers for the superior fruit that became the wine.

Farview Farm Vineyard is the second label owned by Ray and Tammy. Their flagship label is Westbrook Wine Farm, also of O’Neals, where they create “Authentic hand crafted wines of quality and conscience.”

Westbrook also had great success recently. At the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition, held June 15-17, their 2008 Fait Accompli “CRYO” took a double gold medal. Made from estate-grown grapes in Madera County, this “Claret style” wine retails for $60 and is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Malbec (10%), Merlot (8%) and Carmenere (1%).

More information about Farview and Westbrook wines can be found at http://www.westbrookwinefarm.com.


(PRWeb contributed to this article)


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