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Storrs Reopens for Outdoor Wine Tasting and Local Winners of the Sunset Wine Competition

July 14, 2020 – Storrs Winery has been working diligently to make its Corralitos location an even more lovely destination for outdoor wine tasting. Pamela Storrs tells us they are now offering tastings every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm—5pm at the Quarry, through August. Book a reservation via their website, which uses Tock as the reservation platform.  For same day reservations, you can call the winery at 831-724-5030, to assess availability.  

Tables can seat parties of up to 6 members of the same household. On the website you will find a page detailing new safety efforts as well as what you can expect during a visit to the winery. Wine club members have received a number of passes to use for complimentary tasting. 

Three new experiences are presently available at the Quarry winery at 1560 Pleasant Valley Road:

Courtyard Tasting

Sit in the outdoor courtyard for a flight of four flagship wines, including the widely renowned Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay.  Knowledgeable wine educators will be on hand to host and answer any of your questions during this 60-minute experience.

Terroir Tasting in the Courtyard

This seated tasting features an in-depth exploration of the terroir of the unique Santa Cruz Mountains appellation with a flight of four wines.  You will have the opportunity to experience the impact of terroir on different varietals as well as the effect of different meso-climates on the same varietal.  Your friendly wine host will be available to answer any of your questions during this 60-minute experience.  

Bottles on the Terrace

A tote bag containing two bottles of award-winning wines and a keepsake corkscrew will be waiting for your party at a private picnic-table on the terrace overlooking the organically-farmed estate vineyard, known as Hidden Springs.  You may bring a picnic to enjoy with up to 6 members of your household. Wine glasses will be provided, but please, no outside alcohol. This is a 2-hour experience.

Remember to wear a mask at all times when you are not seated at your table.

Gold Medal Winners

Storrs earned three Gold medals at the recently held 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition for its 2018 Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains; the 2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, which they are now debuting; and the new 2017 Central Coast Zinfandel.

Also, they have a brand new website that they’ve spent the past few quarantine/lockdown months enhancing with more photos and stories of their vineyards, wines and sustainable practices.  

For those who cannot visit the tasting rooms, Storrs currently offers discounted shipping on orders of 6-12 bottles at just $15 for California destinations and $20 for out-of-state deliveries.  

Both locations are now open both Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon – 5 pm for purchases and pickups.  You do not require a reservation to purchase or pick up an order.  

Sunset Wine Competition Results

Bargetto scored Silvers for their 2018 Pinot Noir Reserve, Regan Vineyards, their 2016 LAVITA and 2019 Rose of Syrah from Dorcich Family Vineyards in Santa Clara Valley. 

Eberle Vineyards, one of our favorites from nearby Paso Robles, celebrating 40 years in the business, had to back the truck up to load all their medals! They took Best of Class and 92 points for their 2019 Estate Muscat Canelli, and Golds for the 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Selection, 2019 Cotes-du-Robles Blanc and 2019 Cotes-du-Roble Rose, while scoring silvers for the 2018 Cotes-du-Robles, 2019 Viognier Mill Road/4 Lanterns Vineyards, 2018 Zinfandel, 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Estate Chardonnay.

Hahn Family Wines did splendidly with Double Golds for the 2018 Hahn SLH Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands (95 points), and 2018 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands Double Gold (97). The winemaking team, led by GM Paul Clifton, also scored Gold for the 2018 Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard (94),

2018 Lucienne Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands (93), 

2018 Lucienne Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard (92) and 2018 Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey County (91). Silvers were awarded to the 2019 Hahn Monterey Rosé, 2018 Hahn GSM Central Coast, 2018 Lucienne Pinot Noir Hook Vineyard and 2018 Hahn Chardonnay Monterey County.

As usual, J. Lohr had a field day, winning Double Gold and 97 points for their 2017 Vineyard Series Tower Road Petite Sirah, as well as Double Gold and 96 points for their 2016 Cuvee Series Cuvee POM (my favorite of the Cuvee Series), the 2017 J. South Ridge Syrah, which was also awarded Best of Class, and 2016 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Both the 2016 Cuvee Series Cuvee PAU and the 2017 Vineyard Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold with 92 points. J. Lohr scored Gold for the popular 2018 Falcon’s Perch Monterey Pinot Noir and for the 2018 Seven Oaks Cabernet from Paso Robles.

Silvers were had for the 2016 J. Lohr Cuvee Series Cuvee St. E, 2019 Flume Crossing Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Bay Mist White Riesling, 2018 Riverstone Chardonnay Arroyo Seco, 2018 Los Osos Merlot, 2019 Wildflower Valdiguie, 2017 J. Lohr “Pure Paso,” a proprietary blend, 2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Carol’s Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and 2018 Vineyard Series Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco.

The 2014 La Rochelle Wines Rechereché Reserve Pinot Noir from Lester Family Vineyard at Deer Park Ranch, scored a Silver.

Winemaker, John Ritchey, scored Gold and 93 points for the 2017 Nicholson Vineyards Estate “Three Sisters” Pinot Noir, and Silvers for the 2017 Nicholson Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, 2017 Nicholson Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Brooks Block, and the 2017 Amador County Old Vine Zin.

Greg Perucci was pretty stoked to receive a Double Gold and 96 points for his 2017 Perrucci Family Vineyard Pinot Noir from Regan Vineyard, and took home a Silver for the 2018 Perrucci Family Vineyard Chardonnay, also from Regan Vineyard, in Corralitos.

It was a stack of silvers for Silvestri, including the 2017 Silvestri Estate Chardonnay Carmel Valley, 2017 Estate Pinot Noir “Rising Tide” Carmel Valley, 2017 Silvestri Vineyards Pinot Noir and 2017 Estate Barbera, Carmel Valley.

Soquel Vineyards has to be thrilled with an achievement of Double Gold, Best of Class and 99 points for their 2018 Soquel Vineyards Library Selection Estate Pinot Noir. Well done! The also took home Gold for their 2019 Pinot Grigio, Monterey County, and a Silver for their 2018 Soquel Vineyards Partners’ Reserve Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains.

Congratulations to all the medal winners. Thanks for making our Central Coast Region look good!

See full list of winners here.

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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist, columnist and judge who contributes regularly to Edible Monterey Bay, Spirited, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and Wine Industry Network, and a variety of consumer publications. Her passion is telling stories about the intriguing characters who inhabit the fascinating world of wine and food.