San Diego wines show well amid established wine regions at The Toast of The Coast Wine Competition

April 1, 2019


Ramona, Calif. – March 29, 2019 — The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) announced that 10 of its winery members received medals for a total of 22 wines at the annual The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, including, Woof’n Rose Winery’s Estate Cabernet Franc receiving the rating of “Best Cabernet Franc” of the competition and “Best of Ramona Valley AVA.”


Professional judges tasted 820 wines from 135 wineries, including established wineries located in Napa, Sonoma, Amador Valley, Alexander Valley, and Paso Robles, on February 16-17, 2019 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The competition awarded gold and silver medals along with the Double Gold Award, which is reserved for the finest wines deemed worthy by a four-judge panel consisting of one wine writer, one wine maker, one professional sommelier and one wine marketer. In addition, Best Varietal and Best of Appellation Awards were given to the top performing wines in each varietal or blended category as merited.


Bill Schweitzer, president of the RVVA, said, “We congratulate our member wineries who continue to receive recognition of their outstanding wines. We also applaud the “Friends of the RVVA” in San Diego County who were awarded medals for an additional 13 wines; and other County wines that demonstrate that San Diego County is a growing region of fine wines competitive with well-established California wineries.”


Awards to RVVA Wineries

Gold and/or silver awards were given to wines from the following RVVA members: Beach House Winery, Eagles Nest Winery, Hatfield Creek Winery, Highland Valley Vineyards, Milagro Winery, Ramona Ranch Winery, Speckle Rock Vineyards, Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery, Vineyard Grant James, and Woof ‘n Rose Winery.


Beach House Winery

  • Silver, 2014 Mélange

  • Silver, 2013 Sangiovese


Eagles Nest Winery

  • Gold, 2010 Picpoul Blanc White Dessert Wine, Estate Reserve

  • Silver, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine

  • Silver, 2008 Zinfandel Dessert Wine

  • Silver, 2007 Starboard Dessert Wine, Estate Reserve

  • Silver, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine


Hatfield Creek Winery

  • Silver, 2015 Syrah

  • Silver, 2016 Syrah, Pyramid Vineyards

  • Silver, 2016 Estate Zinfandel

  • Silver, 2016 Estate Petite Sirah

  • Silver, 2016 Estate Fonzi Field Blend


Highland Valley Vineyards

  • Silver, 2015 Craftsman Cuvee III


Milagro Winery

  • Silver, 2017 Rose, Estate Grown


Ramona Ranch Winery

  • Silver, 2016 Estate Sangiovese


Speckle Rock Vineyards

  • Gold, 2017 Estate Falanghina


Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery

  • Silver, 2014 Syrah


Vineyard Grant James

  • Silver, 2017 Syrah

  • Silver, 2017 Viognier


Woof’n Rose Winery

  • Gold, 2015 Estate Alicante Bouschet

  • Gold, 2015 Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown

    • Also Best Overall Cabernet Franc

    • Also Best of Ramona Valley AVA Cabernet Franc

  • Silver, 2015 Eglantine Meritage


About The Toast of the Coast

The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition and Festival is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association along with the San Diego County Fair. This year is its eight year. The competition is open to licensed wineries worldwide and the festival is open to the public. The San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Vons, is the largest annual event in San Diego County, and one of the top five fairs in the United States and Canada with approximately 1.6 million annual visitors.  For more information about the competition and the 2019 San Diego County Fair, go to


About the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA)

Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) was founded in 2001 and dedicated “to promote, protect and enhance the Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), our wines, vintners and community.” Largely responsible for securing the federally designated Ramona Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) in 2006, the 100-plus member RVVA continues to focus on community, education, sustainable operation of vineyards and wineries, and taking a leadership role within the San Diego County wine grape industry.


Media Contact: Joyce Strand 408-210-2422

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