Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of local award winners; 114 San Luis Obispo County wines were honored.
The competition is one of the largest and most respected wine competitions in the United States, with more than 1,500 wineries from 25 states participating in the annual event. This year’s competition also had a record-breaking 6,300 entries — the first time in the competition’s 30-year history that it has surpassed the 6,000-entry mark.
The local winning wines included 73 gold medals, 23 double gold medals (a unanimous gold, voted by a panel of five judges), 17 Best of Class wins and one overall pink category winner — one of the top awards.
In comparison, last year there were 59 gold medals, 14 double gold medals, six Best of Class wins and one overall red category winner for local wines.
The overall best pink winner went to Robert Hall Winery for its 2014 Rose de Robles.
“It felt great,” said Robert Hall winemaker Don Brady of the win. “It’s a really good competition — a good one to show well at because it’s one of the best in the country.”
Robert Hall Winery is located in the Paso Robles American viticulture area (AVA) and produces about 60,000 cases of wine a year.
Although no other Paso Robles wines won a sweepstakes — or overall award — 17 local wines did take home Best of Class wins. The wineries (and the winning wines) are: Bushong (2013 Tempranillo), Cinquain Cellars (2011 Independence Red), Clautiere Vineyard (2012 Viognier), Hearst Ranch Winery (2010 Cabernet Franc), J. Lohr (2011 Bordeaux blend), Jeff Runquist Wines (2012 Cabernet Sauvignon), Kenneth Volk Vineyards (2012 Pinot Noir), Liberty School (2012 Merlot), Opolo Vineyards (2012 Sangiovese), Peacock Cellars (2013 Pinot Noir), Per Cazo Cellars (2012 Touriga Nacional), Phantom Rivers Winery (2012 Rhone blend), Still Waters Vineyards (2010 Merlot), Tackitt Family Vineyards (2012 Petite Sirah), Treana (2012 Treana Red), Trenza (2011 Mosaico) and Zocker (2013 Gruner Veltliner).
For a complete list of 2015 medal winners, visit http://winejudging.com. A public tasting of all the winning wines is scheduled from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Advance tickets are $65; at the door they are $80.