US-based Traveling Vineyard was awarded a Double Gold honor for its 2018 Cucharon, Red Blend, San Juan, Argentina. This honor was presented by the 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) in the Non-Bordeaux Blends priced at less than $25 category. Double Gold medals are given to wines receiving a Gold rating by all judges.
“When one of our wines—that we’ve already fallen in love with—receives high recognition from an organization like the San Francisco International Wine Competition, it’s the icing on the cake,” says Traveling Vineyard’s Chief Executive Officer and “Chief Grape Stomper” Rick Libby. “The fact that we can bring exceptional wine to our consumers at an affordable price is something we take great pride in. ‘Real good wine’ is our signature, and this award supports that effort.”
The award-winning blend is a mix of three varietals selected for their unique contributions to the finished wine.
“This blend has accessible Malbec, a juicy, understood color component, plus Petit Verdot, a Bordeaux blender varietal adding another color, plum, cherry, violet and lilac and ‘guts’, plus the world’s best value in Tannat, for yet another color, structure, power and complexity,” says Francis Sanders, Traveling Vineyard winemaker. “Care was taken to balance these three bigger components to ensure that this cool-blended wine remain fresh and light-on-its feet, especially as part of a meal.”