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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines showed brilliantly at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! Of the 1,200-plus  wineries who submitted wines for judging, J. Lohr was the only producer to earn three Double Gold medals and a Best of Class, in addition to several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals!

Some of our award-winners were:
           Best of Class - 2008 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah             
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU                                 
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée POM                                 
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E                                  
           Gold - 2009 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay                                 
           Gold - 2008 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon        
           Gold - 2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot                                    

We had the privilege of pouring these wines to fans at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Tasting on Feb 19th in San Francisco, where members of the Lohr family were present to celebrate the outstanding showing at the competition. 

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Named 2010 American Winery of the Year

J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES NAMED
2010 AMERICAN WINERY OF THE YEAR

J. Lohr to be honored among leaders and legends of the wine and spirits world at the 11th Annual Wine Star Awards presented by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

SAN JOSE, Calif – October 27, 2010 – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been named the 2010 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, in an announcement released Monday. This award will be accepted by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines President and Founder Jerry Lohr at the 11th Annual Wine Star Awards gala, which will be held on January 24th at the New York City Public Library. In receiving this honor, J. Lohr joins an esteemed list of past American Winery of the Year winners that includes Harlan Estate, Beringer and Chateau Ste. Michelle. J. Lohr was selected as the winner of the 2010 American Winery of the Year Award by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine for its ongoing contributions to the wine industry.

Wine EnthusiastMagazine Editor and Publisher Adam Strum commented on Monday’s announcement, saying, “J. Lohr has been a continual force in the California wine industry for nearly four decades, passionately championing the Central Coast winegrowing regions of Paso Robles and Monterey County, and offering great leadership within the wine industry. In addition, the people at J. Lohr have dedicated themselves to producing high-quality wines, while making significant contributions in the areas of sustainability, education and social responsibility. We are thrilled to acknowledge them as our 2010 American Winery of the Year.”

“As a family-owned business, we are honored to have been named American Winery of the Year,” said Jerry Lohr, founder and president of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “This award is the result of the continual dedication of everyone in the J. Lohr extended family, from our Director of Winemaking Jeff Meier, who has been with us for over a quarter century, to our salespeople, distributors, vineyard workers and winery staff, many of whom have also been with us for decades.”

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been in operation since the early 1970s, when founder Jerry Lohr, a South Dakota native, began to search for a site for his first vineyards. One of the early pioneers of high-quality Central Coast winemaking, Jerry Lohr was among the first to realize the vast, untapped potential of this now-acclaimed region with the establishment of his original 280-acre vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972. As J. Lohr’s Monterey County estate program has grown, the focus has remained on cool-climate varietals, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. In 1988, J. Lohr began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other red varietals in the Paso Robles region, while working toward the creation and development of an adjacent winery and barreling facility. Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has almost 3,700 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and St. Helena, with two fully operational wine centers in San Jose and Paso Robles, and is sold inover 30 countries worldwide.

In addition to J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines’ long history in Central Coast winemaking, recent developments have further set the winery apart as an industry leader. As part of its commitment to sustainability, last year J. Lohr unveiled a 3-acre photovoltaic solar tracking system (the largest of its kind in the industry), which provides approximately 85 percent of the annual power used at the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center and Winery. Other achievements in sustainability have led to the winery being one of the first 17 to earn the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing distinction, offered by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). 

The winery’s commitment to innovation and sustainability extends beyond its own vineyards to the industry at large, and is reflected in the company’s support of the world’s first LEED-Platinum teaching winery and vineyards at UC Davis. This facility, part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will feature both the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Fermentation Room and the J. Lohr Sensory Lab. Other socially conscious commitments include fair employment practices, a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to donate 500 mammograms for women in need, and support of organizations devoted to the health and well-being of children and families.

For more information about the Wine Star Awards, please visit www.WineMag.com/WineStar

About J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (www.jlohr.com)

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines was founded in 1972 by Jerry Lohr, who was raised on a South Dakota farm, and has spent six decades actively farming—experience that informs J. Lohr’s respect for the land and focus on sustainability. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines makes a full line of internationally recognized wines from nearly 3,700 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and the Napa Valley. Offering an expressive range of styles, J. Lohr produces four tiers of signature wines: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture. J. Lohr also produces an array of flavorful wines under its Cypress Vineyards, ARIEL (non-alcoholic) and Painter Bridge labels.

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a leading wine publication that educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s readership is more than 700,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online, at www.winemag.com.

“Touching 500 Lives” – promoting Breast Cancer awareness

In October 2009, in correspondence with Breast Cancer Awareness month, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines launched a national campaign in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide 500 mammograms to women who would otherwise be unable to afford them, by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Called Touching 500 Lives, this effort was designed to call attention to the importance of mammograms for early detection, and to raise awareness for breast cancer issues and education. We designated the 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet a commemorative release in Carol Lohr’s honor.

This year, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has expanded Touching 500 Lives to include both the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, with $2 from the sale of every bottle of either wine going directly to provide another 500 mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
 
And this year, we celebrate the stories of hope and survival of five women in the J. Lohr extended family by ‘Inspiring Hope.’ These stories of cancer survival are personal to us as a company and us as a family. We invite you to read these stories and ask that you support the cause in one of several ways. By purchasing our Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, by supporting loved ones and friends who are fighting breast cancer, and spreading the word about the need for early detection, you can help make the difference in someone’s life. To read to the stories, visit our website. To learn more about how you can help, become a fan of the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nationalbreastcancer.

2009 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir released




J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is proud to announce the release of the debut vintage of its J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir. Part of the winery’s award-winning J. Lohr Estates tier, which features such category-defining wines as Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Osos Merlot and Riverstone Chardonnay, the new J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is crafted from cool-climate Monterey County fruit, with an emphasis on grapes from J. Lohr’s acclaimed 1,360-acre estate program in the Arroyo Seco and the Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. For the inaugural 2009 vintage, J. Lohr produced 12,400 cases of its J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, and the wine will be rolled out nationally beginning in September at a suggested retail price of $17.

 

“Releasing this wine has been part of a patient, thoughtful journey,” says Director of Winemaking Jeff Meier, who has been with J. Lohr since 1984. “Our J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir builds on what we began in the J. Lohr Vineyard Series with our Fog’s Reach Vineyard Pinot Noir.  It is the product of years of research and experimentation with different clones of Pinot Noir, and different viticultural approaches. And even though this is a wine that’s designed to reach a larger audience, it still benefits from remarkable attention to detail. In the vineyard, yields were kept under 3 tons per acre, with individual sides of the vines picked in multiple passes weeks apart. In the winery, we worked in lots as small as 5 tons, did whole-berry fermentation, and did both light pump-overs and punch-downs—all of which underscores our commitment to quality, and our desire to make a vineyard-driven wine that captures the purest varietal expression of Pinot Noir from Monterey County.”

 

Falcon’s Perch takes its name from the falcon that lives in the lone pine tree overlooking J. Lohr’s Pinot Noir vineyards, and the many birds of prey that keep watch over the vineyards from the bird boxes J. Lohr has installed. The name was chosen to reflect J. Lohr’s commitment to sustainability—a focus that has included establishing the largest solar tracking array in the wine industry, and culminated with J. Lohr becoming one of the first wineries in California to achieve California Sustainable Winegrowing Certification for its two wineries and its estate vineyards in Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles.

 

For more information or to order a bottle, visit http://www.jlohr.com/wines/estates/falcons-perch-pinot-noir-2009

J. Lohr Cuvée Pau Chairman’s Trophy Finalist at Ultimate Wine Challenge

This spring we entered the inaugural Ultimate Wine Challenge, held in New York, June 7-11, 2010. All wines were evaluated by a select group of judges under the most ideal tasting conditions. Wines were poured into numbered glasses in a separate room, served blind in small flights based upon wine type, origin, varietal and price, and evaluated and scored by panels using a unique variation of the 100-point scale. We are happy to report that our J. Lohr Cuvée Pau 2006 was considered a finalist for Chairman’s Trophy designation, the highest ranking award in the category, and scored 94 points. Please visit our online store to order a bottle of award-winning J. Lohr Cuvée Pau 2006.

Cypress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc among the “Best of the Best”

We are happy to announce that our 2009 Cypress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc as ranked among the “Best of the Best” at the 2010 California State Fair! It took home the awards for “Best Sauvignon Blanc” and “Best of Show White Wine” (Gold, 95 points)!

For more information on our Cypress Vineyards wines please visit the wines section of our Website.

J. Lohr takes top honors at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

On June 19th, at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines was awarded 7 Gold Medals, including 4 Best of Class distinctions. We are always proud of our wines and the awards we win with them, but this showing was beyond our hopes. With over 3400 wines entered, it’s one of the top competitions in the country, and we are honored to have been so well recognized. Here’s a list of the wines that won:

Best of Class, Gold Medal

  • 2008 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco
  • 2009 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié, Monterey
  • 2007 J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah, Paso Robles
  • 2007 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot, Paso Robles

Gold Medal

  • 2007 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • 2007 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah, Paso Robles
  • 2006 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E, Paso Robles

Jerry Lohr Awarded Professional Excellence In Oenology From New York Institute Of Technology

On April 30, wine industry pioneer and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Founder and President Jerry Lohr was honored by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with its Professional Excellence in Oenology award. The award was presented by NYIT President Edward Guiliano and Richard Elia of Quarterly Review of Wines at the NYIT’s Gold Coast Classic Professional Excellence Awards. The event was a fundraiser held at the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City in support of student scholarships and educational programs at NYIT.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award for J. Lohr’s excellence in winemaking, and I am proud that this recognition comes within the context of supporting academic advancement,” said Jerry Lohr. “This award is also an acknowledgement of the hard work of many people, individuals like our longtime winemaker Jeff Meier, and the numerous dedicated staff I’ve been fortunate to work alongside in our vineyards and wineries over the past four decades.”

J. Lohr earns the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing distinction

We recently became one of the first wineries in California to earn the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing distinction from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.

J. Lohr's San Jose Wine Center featured on NBC's Bay's Best

J. Lohr's San Jose Wine Center was recently featured on NBC's Bay's Best! Remember - there are no tasting fees at our wine centers except for Cuvée Series wines - so stop in soon!

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