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Forty-four reknowned wine industry professionals from every corner of the United States gathered June 12th and 13th at the San Francisco International Wine Competition at Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, to taste, score and rank nearly 4,000 wines from 964 wineries, 25 states and 21 countries.

The medal count included 84 double golds -- 2.2 percent of all entries, 161 gold, 663 silver and 1,224 bronze medals. A wine receives a double gold medal when all judges on a particular panel agree that a wine deserves a gold medal.

The fact that 26 of the 84 double gold medal wines were priced at $15 or under, including the "Best Pinot Grigio" awarded to Talus 2003 Pinot Grigio, $8, proves that value wines continue to play an increasingly important role in today's market.

Some of the brands in the value category, which received double gold medals, include:
  • Alta Vista 2002 Malbec, Grand Reserve, Las Compuertas, Argentina, ($15);
  • Terrazas de Los Andes 2003 Malbec, Alto, Mendoza Argentina ($10)
  • Barefoot Cellars NV Brut, Barefoot Bubbly, California, ($7);
  • Beringer Founders' Estate 2001 Merlot, California, ($12);
  • Brancott Vineyards 2003 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, ($11);
  • Carmenet Winery 2002 Sauvignon Blanc, California ($8);
  • Cedar Creek Winery 2003 Vidal, American ($8);
  • Easley Winery 2003, Governor's Cabernet Sauvignon, Indiana ($11);
  • Goose Watch Winery 2003 Traminette, Finger Lakes ($10);
  • Goose Watch Winery, Renaissance Red, Finger Lakes ($7);
  • Jacob's Creek Wines NV Brut, Brut Cuvée, Southeastern Australia;
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2003 Vignoles, Finger Lakes ($9);
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2003 Cayuga, Finger Lakes ($8);
  • Peter Lehmann 2001 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia ($15);
  • Lindemans Wines 2003 Bin 50 Shiraz, South Eastern Australia ($8);
  • Long Flat 2001 Shiraz, Southeastern, Australia (7$);
  • Meridian Vineyards 2002 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County ($12);
  • Nissley Vineyards 2003 Vidal Blanc, Topaz Select, Lancaster Valley ($11);
  • Parducci Winery 2002 Merlot, Mendocino County ($10);
  • Spy Valley Wines 2003 Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand ($12);
  • Stone Hill Winery 2003 Vignoles, Missouri ($13);
  • Stone Hill Winery NV Spumante Blush, Missouri ($10);
  • Swedish Hill Vineyard NV Spumante Blush, Finger Lakes ($6);
  • Swedish Hill Vineyard NV Country Concord, Old Fashioned, Finger Lakes ($7);
  • Wollersheim Winery 2003 Seyval Blanc, Prairie Fumé, Walla Walla Valley ($8).
For a complete list of winners, visit the San Francisco International Wine Competition's website:

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