Wines made from expertly-grown Lodi grapes took 25* gold medals out of 5,050 bottlings entered into last week's http://www.winejudging.com/medal_winners.htm" target="_blank">2011 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition, billed as the "Largest Competition of American Wines in the World."
Double Gold medals - where all judges in a panel agree the wine is gold-worthy - were bestowed upon the Quinta Cruz 2009 Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho ($20), McCay Cellars 2007 Truluck's Zinfandel ($28), and http://www.ripkenwine.com/" target="_blank">Ripken 2008 Petite Sirah ($25). Quinta Cruz is located in Santa Cruz.
Bokisch and http://www.macchiawines.com/" target="_blank">Macchia took home the most Gold for Lodi wines, with Bokisch tacking-on their 2009 Clements Hills Albariño ($16) and 2008 Tempranillo ($21). Macchia scored with their 2009 vintages of Voluptuous Zin, Oblivious Zin, and Rebellious Petite Sirah, all for $24 each.
*I had originally reported 27.