Wine Competition Update

When it comes to taking the prize at wine competitions, Magnavino Cellars is having a vintage year.

The Oxnard, California winery recently won the Platinum Best of Class Medal for its 2010 Petite Sirah at the renowned San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

OXNARD, CA (February 2014) – What does a prestigious winery do when it knows it has created some of the smoothest, most unique, artisanal and hand-crafted varietals in its history? Enter them in wine competitions, naturally. That’s exactly what Magnavino Cellars did recently and now the winery, headquartered in Oxnard, California, has a host of new medals to add to its growing collection. The winery’s 2010 Petite Sirah, in all of its inky elegance, won the Platinum Best of Class Medal in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Also winning a gold medal at the competition, held in January, was the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Magnavino wines also won six silver medals and five bronze medals. To date, the winery has won 46 medals in prestigious North American competitions.

This year is off to a spectacular start,” said Magnavino owner and wine-maker, Robert Wagner. “To have the wines we have carefully fermented, aged and bottled over the last few years win so many medals is incredibly rewarding. Our focus at Magnavino has always been to make wines for people to savor and explore. We’re glad to see that others agree.”

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, took place in January 2014 with 5,825 entries from more than 1,500 wineries. In addition to taking the Platinum Best of Class Medal for the 2010 Petite Sirah, Magnavino also won the following:

  • Gold Medal   – 2010 Cabernet
  • Silver Medal – 2009 Cabernet
  • Silver Medal – 2009 Syrah
  • Silver Medal – 2010 Syrah
  • Silver Medal – 2011 Tuscan Romance
  • Silver Medal – 2010 Trifection
  • Silver Medal – 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Bronze Medal – 2012 Guilty Pleasures
  • Bronze Medal – 2011 Grenache Rosé
  • Bronze Medal – 2010 Magnatude
  • Bronze Medal – 2011 Tre Gemmé
  • Bronze Medal – 2010 Zinfandel

The Petite Sirah is crafted using 100% Petite Sirah grapes harvested from the Lodi region of California’s central coast. Because of the area’s terroir, with hot days and cool nights, the grapes are able to mature to near perfection. They are hand-harvested and crushed, then allowed to ferment for approximately seven days before being pressed and barreled in a mix of French and American oak. Bottling takes place in mid-August, and the public is invited to watch.

The 2010 Petite Sirah was also awarded the Gold Medal at the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition. At the LA International Wine Competition a 92-point rating was bestowed on the 2010 Syrah, one of the winery’s most popular wines. Magnavino Cellars was also a recent participant in the Ventura County Wine Trail Local Food & Wine Challenge where it served Tuscan Romance, and took first place, with its partner Café Zack.

“We look forward to having more and more people experience Magnavino,” said Wagner. “We love to have true connoisseurs and novices alike come together in our tasting room, share a sample, share a story, and discover our wines.”

Magnavino Cellars currently bottles 17 wines: Beautiful (a white blend), Butterfly Chardonnay, Pinot Gris; Grenache Rosé; and Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Red blends include Magnatude, Tre Gemmé, Trifection, and Tuscan Romance. There is also a dessert wine with the appropriate name of Guilty Pleasures.

The winery, located at 961 North Rice Avenue in Oxnard, has a wine club. Its Tuscan-inspired tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

About Magnavino Cellars

Magnavino Cellars began making wine in 2008. Winemaker Robert Wagner is involved in every aspect of the winery, from sourcing grapes, to shepherding each varietal through crushing, fermenting, pressing, aging and bottling. Each element helps determine a big, bold, beautiful, hand-crafted wine. The winery uses only the most modern winemaking technology, including stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels.

Magnavino Cellars has won the following awards:

2012 Riverside International Wine Competition

  • 2009 Syrah – Gold
  • 2009 Zinfandel – Silver

2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition

  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • 2009 Petite Sirah – Silver
  • 2009 Tempranillo – Silver
  • 2009 Syrah – Bronze
  • 2009 Zinfandel – Bronze

2012 LA International Wine Competition

  • 2009 Zinfandel – Gold
  • 2009 Syrah – Silver
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • 2009 Petite Sirah – Bronze
  • 2009 Tempranillo – Bronze

2012 West Coast Wine Competition

  • 2009 Sangiovese – Silver
  • 2009 Tempranillo – Silver
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • 2009 Petite Sirah – Bronze

2013 Riverside International Wine Competition

  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • Magnatude – Silver
  • Old Vine Zinfandel – Silver
  • Syrah – Silver
  • Zinfandel – Silver

2013 LA International Wine Competition

  • Syrah – Gold
  • Petite Sirah – Silver
  • Magnatude – Bronze
  • Old Vine Zinfandel – Bronze

2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition

  • Petite Sirah – Gold
  • Old Vine Zinfandel – Silver
  • Zinfandel – Silver
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze
  • Sangiovese – Bronze

2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

  • Old Vine Zinfandel – Platinum
  • Magnatude – Silver
  • Petite Sirah – Silver

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2010 Petite Sirah – Platinum, Best of Class
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • 2009 Syrah – Silver
  • 2010 Syrah – Silver
  • 2010 Trifection – Silver
  • 2011 Tuscan Romance – Silver
  • 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel – Silver
  • 2011 Grenache Rose – Bronze
  • 2012 Guilty Pleasures – Bronze
  • 2010 Magnatude – Bronze
  • 2011 Tre Gemme – Bronze
  • 2010 Zinfandel – Bronze