Brennan Vineyards Wins “Best of Class” for New “Orange Wine/Skin Fermented Whites” Category; Spicewood Vineyards Wins “Best of Class” for Tempranillo Category

January 20, 2020 – Brennan Vineyards and Spicewood Vineyards both won “Best of Class” awards at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, with Brennan Vineyards winning the “orange wine/skin fermented whites” category for its 2015 Cellar Select Viognier, Comanche County, and Spicewood Vineyards winning the Tempranillo category for its 2017 Texas High Plains Tempranillo.

Other top honors were awarded to Duchman Family Winery that won double gold for its 2018 Trebbiano, Bingham Family Vineyards and its 2017 Viognier/Roussanne, Texas High Plains.

Bringing home the gold were Bending Branch Winery for its 2018 Estate Picpoul Blanc, Pedernales Cellars for its 2017 GSM Melange, and Spicewood Vineyards for its 2018 Viognier.






Nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries were evaluated by over 65 judges at the 2020 competition. Here are tasting notes for the two Best of Class winners:

“The amber-hued ‘orange wine’ has all the expected attributes of Viognier, most notably honeysuckle and peach,” wrote Mike Dunne, longtime SFCWC wine judge and former food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic, about the Brennan Vineyards 2015 Comanche County Cellar Select Viognier.

“Now this is a Texas wine – swaggering, back slapping, joyful in not only accomplishments, but just being alive, which it is with forward dark-fruit aroma and flavor,” Dunne wrote about the Spicewood Vineyards 2017 Texas High Plains Tempranillo.

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