California Wines and Wineries Announces: Cabernet Franc Wine Competition on International Cabernet Franc Day, December 4th

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If you are a California vintner and make a Cabernet Franc, here is a great opportunity to highlight your wine in the market place.

For Immediate Release October 9th, 2019

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The First Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Competition, Sponsored by California Wines and Wineries, Featuring Award Winning Wines from California will be held at The Golf Club at Copper Valley, Copperopolis on December 4th, 2019

Copperopolis, CA – The California Wines and Wineries in cooperation with the Founders of Cabernet Franc Day, Lori & Michael Budd, will be hosting the First Annual Cabernet Franc wine competition and judging on International Cabernet Franc Day, December 4th. The event will be held at The Golf Club at Copper Valley.

This inaugural event is open to wineries within California who produce Cabernet Franc. This is a single varietal competition. The event will have two different judging tables. The first being professional judges, SOMM’s, Winemakers and WSET members. They will distinguish and nominate wines in four categories: Cabernet Franc’s less than $30, $31 to $60, $61 to $99 and $100 and up. They will be scoring wines in two fashions, the first being the varietal characteristics being true to the classical definition to determine an “objective” winner. The second, being on personal preference or taste for them or a subjective preference. A unique format. To further make this an enjoyable and impactful event, a table of “consumer wine enthusiasts” will hold a parallel tasting. These will consist of everyday wine enthusiasts providing a “people’s choice” wine winner. Plans for the 2nd Annual will include wines from the other 49 states with public tasting to be included.

The event will be a blind tasting with wines open to all AVA’s in California. Each group, professional and wine consumers, will be using the “Danish System”, sometimes called the “Group Method”. Each wine is measured against standards and not ranked against competitors. Awards will be given for Gold, Silver and Bronze. Tom Bender has agreed to lead the “professional judging”. Tom Bender has served as the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition organizer for over 35 years and is a contributor on food and wine to several foothill and valley magazines and newspapers. Tom also serves as a judge at the California State Fair Wine Competition. We have two winemakers (not making Cabernet Franc-one from Lodi and one from Napa), a WSET II and more being added. See separate sheet on the Judges background.

The diversity in Cabernet Franc from Southern California to Paso Robles to Livermore to Napa Valley to the Sierra Foothills offers different “terroir” and flavor profiles, yet all have a core characteristic of this varietal.

The recently remodeled Clubhouse at Copper Valley, in Copperopolis will be an exquisite venue to kick off this event. Any questions can be directed to Michael Kelly at or (408) 605-1292.


Michael Kelly


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