Mt. Vernon excited about recent wine wins

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Mt. Vernon Winery has a lot to celebrate this summer. Owners Jim and Lynda Taylor — son Ryan Taylor is head winemaker — recently found out they’d received nine ribbons in the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Add the two golds, three silvers and four bronzes from the California State Fair to two San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition silvers and nine more from the Finger Lakes International Competition in New York — six bronzes, two golds and even a double gold, for the 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel — and you’ve got 20 ribbons that have come in over the past 60 days or so, Jim Taylor said. “It really helps boost up people wanting to come see us,” Jim Taylor said. “I think, first thing that it proves to us is that we’re fairly consistent with our wines.” Jim Taylor is proud that all nine of the wines entered in the California State Fair competition received ribbons. “It shows that our wines are consistently good, across the board,” he said. Ryan Taylor is also pretty excited about the recent awards. “It’s not a bad thing,” he said with a laugh. “It’s really cool for a smaller, family run winery here in Auburn.” The awards let Ryan Taylor know he’s on the right track. “It’s a good double-check, that others have the same taste I do,” he said. Gary Moffat, owner of Old Town Auburn’s Carpe Vino, said the Taylors have plenty to celebrate. “Winning awards at wine competitions is a big deal, especially for new wineries or those located outside of the major producing areas such as Napa and Sonoma,” he said. “Mt. Vernon is a great example, and the recognition it has received helps to validate the quality of the wine it is producing.” Mt. Vernon Winery’s tasting room, pouring more than dozen wines free of charge, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and located at 10850 Mt.Vernon Road in Auburn. Learn more at or by calling (530) 823-1111. __________ Mt. Vernon Winery's recent ribbons include: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Double Gold Zinfandel for 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel Gold “Other Red” for 2005 Girly Man Gold Petite Sirah for 2005 Petite Sirah Bronze Shiraz/Syrah for 2004 Estate Syrah Bronze Late Harvest Red 2004 Late Harvest Zinfandel Bronze Port for 2004 Port Bronze Barbera for 2005 Barbera Bronze Other Red for 2006 Alicante Bouschet Bronze Port for 2007 White Port San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Silver for 2005 Petite Sirah Silver for 2007 White Port California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Gold for 2005 Cooper Vineyard Barbera Gold for 2007 White Port Silver for 2005 Petite Sirah Silver for 2005 Cabernet Franc Silver for 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel Bronze for 2005 Girly Man Bronze for 2006 Alicante Bouschet Bronze for 2004 Syrah Bronze for 2005 The Global Journey Syrah