3rd Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Celebration

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                              July 20th, 2021    

Copperopolis, CA – The California Wines and Wineries is hosting the Third Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Celebration. This will include wine competition, keynote speeches, wine tasting, a winemakers dinner and much more. Judging will be held at The Golf Club at Copper Valley, in the Grand View Room. It will be held on April 6th and 7th, 2022, celebrating Cabernet Franc as much more than a blending grape!!

This event is open to wineries both within the United States and internationally who produce Cabernet Franc as a single varietal or have a mix with at least 50% Cabernet Franc. So this year there will be two categories. The event will have two different judging tables. The first being Professional Judges, SOMM’s, noted winemakers and WSET members. To further make this an enjoyable and impactful event, a table of consumer wine enthusiasts called The People’s Choice Judges will hold a parallel tasting in a separate area. These will consist of everyday wine enthusiasts providing the people’s choice wine winners. They will be scoring on the varietal characteristics being true to the classical definition to determine an “objective” winner. The event will be a blind tasting with wines open to all AVA’s in the United States. Each group, professional and people’s choice judges, 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 Double Gold, Gold and Silver. They will distinguish and nominate wines in five categories based upon pricing: Cabernet Franc’s less than $30, $31 to $50, $51 to $75, $76 to $100 and $101 and up. The Judges will be awarding the Medals and Best in Class (price category) by both Professional and People’s Choice.  Two Best of Shows will be awarded- one for domestic and one for international as overall winners.

Tom Bender has agreed to lead the “professional judging”. Tom Bender has served as the Sierra Foothills Wine Competition organizer (California) 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 well-known winemakers one from Napa and one from Lodi, a WSET III & PhD and more being added.

This will be a two day event with public participation, wine tasting and food pairings. Currently, we are limiting the food and wine tasting event to 150. A winemaker’s dinner will be limited to the first 125 to sign up. Details and costs will be announced in January 2022.

The recently remodeled Clubhouse at Copper Valley, in Copperopolis will be an exquisite venue to hold this event. The new hotel in the Copper Valley Square the Gateway has provided special pricing for Wednesday and Thursday evening. You can view the venue at:   https://fb.watch/6gPC6GIV1J/   and you can call at 209-785-2500 for reservations.  The Bungalows at Copper Valley are also available and can be booked by calling 209-785-7415 or emailing ksharma@coppervalleygolf.com . You get an overview of the area at: https://youtu.be/7o_HXzhFzTA . For a complete listing of activities in the area see: https://www.gocalaveras.com/ .

Winery registration can be found at https://californiawinesandwineries.com clicking on Cabernet Franc Celebration Winery Registration towards the top of the page. Public registration for wine tasting or winemakers dinner registration will be available in January. Any questions and further details can be directed to Michael Kelly at mkellywine@gmail.com or (408) 605-1292.


Michael Kelly




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