Stargazer Barn Wins at North of the Gate Wine Competition 2017
Each year, more than 300 wines are entered in the North of the Gate Wine Competition at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair to face fierce evaluation and appraisal by a nine-judge panel of sommeliers, connoisseurs, and veteran winemakers. The competition is stiff, as this Wine Competition highlights the viticulture regions north of San Fransisco, including the world-class vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties). “That is what makes this award particularly special,” says winemaker Wil Franklin, “our little known AVA of Willow Creek in Humboldt County is going head to head with the very best.”
Last year was our first time participating in this competition and we were pleased to bring home the most prestigious wine awards of Gold and Silver for our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013 Merlot. So, once again we were more than pleased to join this year’s competition with our 2014 Black Bear Cuvee and take home two awards -- Best in Class and Best of Humboldt County. This award winning wine has a history of recognition--the 2014 vintage has already garnered attention from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (winning silver); and the 2013 vintage won Double Gold and Best Red from the 2016 Humboldt County Fair.
Our “small batch” principles shine with this prestigious wine -- we only produced 150 cases of our 2014 unfined and unfiltered Black Bear Cuvee -- its bright and bold flavor is balanced by cool-climate acidity, a testament to our American Viticultural Area (AVA), one of the smallest and most northern in all of California.
This environment is not only great for producing excellent wine, but is also the ideal place for our flower farm, which is why we love offering flowers and wine direct. Pairing flowers and wine is a special treat you can give yourself, share with someone you love, or send directly to someone you appreciate. Explore our award winning wine list with our Stargazer Club where you can enjoy monthly deliveries of flowers and wine direct to your door. This is a convenient and exciting way to explore our award winning wine list, month after month, with an option to choose from 3-month, 6-month, or 1-year programs of flowers and wine direct. And if you’re only interested in trying our wine direct, well, we can do that too!
We make it easy for our friends to enjoy the good life -- flowers and wine direct to your door. Raise a glass, smell the flowers, and let’s cheers to our Black Bear Cuvee!