We’re not big on tooting our horn here at Renwood, but sometimes, it’s hard to resist. At the recent California State Fair Wine Competition, the granddaddy of all American wine judgings (nearly 2,900 wines from 688 wineries were evaluated), Renwood won 11 medals: golds for three of our 2010 zinfandels (Timberline, Gold Crest and Dry Creek Valley); silvers for five more (Boucard's, Reserve Dry Creek Valley, Grandpere, Premier Old Vine and Fiddletown); and bronzes for 2010 Old Vine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel and 2010 Clarion, our Zinfandel-Syrah blend. These sterling results were not an aberration. At the 2012 SF International Wine Competition, the largest in the land with over 4,500 wines from 1,300 wineries, we took a double gold medal for our 2010 Gold Crest Zinfandel and golds for three of our other 2010 zins: Boucards, Dry Creek Valley and Old Vine Dry Creek Valley. Our 2010 Grandpere, Reserve Dry Creek Valley, Fiddletown and Premier Old Vine zinfandels garnered silver medals while we notched bronzes for 2010 Clarion and 2010 Timberline Zinfandel.
Other highlights of the competition season included a double gold/best of class award at the Amador County Fair for 2010 Timberline Zinfandel (along with golds for our 2010 Grandpere, Gold Crest and Boucard's zins); a double gold/best of class for our 2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel at the El Dorado County Fair (along with a gold for our 2010 Fiddletown Zinfandel); and a gold at the Long Beach Grand Cru for our 2010 Timberline Zinfandel.
As you can tell, we’ve gone a little medal-crazy, but what better place for a winery to strike gold than in the heart of Gold Country?
Last August, Renwood was acquired by an international investment group that owns five wineries in Argentina and Uruguay and also grows fresh fruits and nuts and makes cheese, olive oil and honey. The investors are true Ren-aissance men, which is no doubt why they chose to launch their first U.S. wine venture in Amador.
Our new owners have committed sizable resources to the upgrading of every facet of Renwood’s operations. We’ve been busy making a bevy of delicious new wines, redesigning our wine labels and completely renovating our tasting room, which is scheduled to reopen in late August. (Meanwhile, we’re open for business in a temporary tasting room at the winery.)
We think you’ll love the new tasting room. It’s been completely redesigned to feature several outdoor tasting areas (complete with fire pits), a private fireside tasting room, and a new, state-of-the-art tasting bar. Walnut facades, comfortable couches, leather club chairs and low wooden tables give the space the feel of a chic, yet casual resort club lounge, with a hostess and concierge on hand to cater to your every need.
When you visit, you’ll be able to choose from a full menu of tour and tasting options, including seated ‘flight’ tastings of Renwood’s famous zinfandels. You will also have an opportunity to sample and purchase South American olive oils and honey, along with locally made foodstuffs.
There will be great food, too. We’ve designed menus of pre-packaged, seasonally themed salads, sandwiches and other dishes you and your friends can purchase to enjoy with your tasting of Renwood wines. There’s much more to tell you about all the great new improvements at Renwood, so keep checking this blog for our latest Renditions.