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The Toast of The Coast Results and Festival

Released: February 29, 2016

Bon Niche Cellars’ 2011 L’Entrée Malbec

Bon Niche Cellars of Paso Robles, CA takes top spot at
The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal Winner, Best of Paso Robles AVA, Best Malbec and The Toast of the Coast (Best of Show Overall)

DEL MAR, CA (February 26, 2016) -- Twenty-four judges sipped 694 entries from the United States and Mexico on February 20 and 21 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. Many of the top performing wines will be served at the 5th Annual Toast of the Coast Wine Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in the Paul Ecke, Jr. Garden Show during the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons.

THE RESULTS ARE IN: Bon Niche Cellars, L’Entrée Malbec was rated 97 points and received a Double Gold Medal, Best of Paso Robles AVA, Best Malbec and the highest honor, The Toast of the Coast 2016. 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 winemaker, one professional sommelier and one wine marketer. In addition, Best Varietal and Best of Appellation Awards were given to the top performing wine in each varietal or blended category as merited. “Best of” Awards refer to where the grapes used in making the wine were grown, not to the physical location of the winery itself. Below is a list of the Double Gold Award Winners and their special awards, if given. Complete results of all winners, including gold and silver medalists, are available at www.thetoastofthecoast.com/#competition.

Double Gold Award Winners (in alphabetical order):
• Alximia, 2012 Magma (Best of Baja California, Best Blended Spanish Red)
• Andis, 2012 Barbera, Cooper Ranch (Best of Amador County, Best Barbera)
• Barefoot, Shiraz (Best of California Appellation [tie], Best Syrah)
• Beach House Winery, 2011 Petite Sirah (Best of Dry Creek Valley AVA, Best Petite Sirah)
• Bon Niche Cellars, 2011 L’Entrée Malbec (Best of Paso Robles AVA, Best Malbec and The 2016 Toast of the Coast)
• Cana-One, 2015 Viognier (Best of California Appellation, Best Viognier)
• Carol Shelton Wines, 2013 Carignane, Oat Valley Vineyard, Old Vine (Best of Alexander Valley AVA, Best Carignane)
• Coyote Oaks, 2014 Montepulciano (Best of San Diego County, Best Montepulciano)
• Cru, 2014 Chardonnay, Vineyard Montage (Best of Monterey County [tie], Best Chardonnay [tie]
• Davis Bynum Winery, 2014 Pinot Noir, Jane’s Vineyard
• Handley Cellars, 2014 Pinot Gris
• Handley Cellars, 2014 Gewurtztraminer (Best Gewurtztraminer)
• Hart Winery, 2015 Pinot Gris (Best of Temecula Valley AVA, Best Pinot Gris)
• Husch, 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Late Harvest (Best of Anderson Valley AVA [tie], Best Dessert Wine)
• J Vineyards, 2013 Pinot Noir
• Little Oaks Winery, 2013 Sangiovese (Best of South Coast Appellation, Best Sangiovese)
• Mattucci, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bentley Ironworks (Best Cabernet Sauvignon [tie])
• Navarro Vineyards, 2014 Pinot Noir (Best of Anderson Valley AVA [tie]
• Noble Vines, 2014 “446” Chardonnay (Best of Monterey County [tie], Best Chardonnay [tie])
• Paoloni, 2012 Nebbiolo de Guadalupe (Best of Mexico, Best Nebbiolo)
• Robert Hall, 2013 Vintage Port (Best Fortified Wine)
• Rodney Strong Vineyards, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Best of Sonoma County AVA, Best Cabernet Sauvignon [tie])
• Rodney Strong Vineyards, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Vineyards (Best of Knights Valley AVA, Best Cabernet Sauvignon [tie])
• Rodney Strong Vineyards, 2013 Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyards (Best of Russian River AVA, Best Pinot Noir)
• South Coast Winery, 2015 Verdelho (Best of California Appellation [tie], Best Verdelho)
• Spangler Vineyards, 2013 Claret (Best of Oregon, Best Blended Red Bordeaux)
• Vinemark Cellars, 2013 Primitivo (Best Zinfandel/Primitivo)
• Vinemark Cellars, 2013 Mezzanotte, a Blend
• Whiplash, 2014 Red Wine (Best of California Appellation [tie], Best Dry Blended Red)
• Woof ‘n Rose Winery, 2012 Merlot (Best of Ramona Valley AVA, Best Merlot)

About The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival
Uncork the fun to celebrate winemaking, and one of the fastest growing industries in San Diego County by attending The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival on Saturday, June 11.

VIP Winemakers' Tasting: $94 (includes Fair admission); $84 (without Fair admission) Start your winetasting journey with a sparkling wine reception 30 minutes prior to general admission festivalgoers. During the 90-minute VIP experience you’ll be treated to award-winning wines and food with the winemakers and chefs on hand to discuss the pairings. Afterward, taste more than 110 of the best-of-the-best wines in as many 1-oz. pours as you wish to try during the festival’s three-hour session. General Admission: $61 (includes Fair admission); $51 (without Fair admission); Enjoy more than 100 of the best-of-the-best wines in as many 1-oz. pours as you wish to try. For more information visit www.thetoastofthecoast.com.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Zweig
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