Missouri Winery Westphalia Vineyards Wins a Coveted Silver Medal at San Francisco International Wine Competition

The San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest, most influential international wine competition in America, is judged by a prestigious panel of 45 nationally recognized wine experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring that its rigor and integrity remain the nation’s most respected competition.

Westphalia Vineyards is one of only three Missouri wineries to medal in the entire competition (also medaling: Stone Hill, St. James). Over 1,150 wineries from 21 countries entered the competition. Westphalia Vineyards competed against Californian, French, Spanish, Italian, Australian, South American, and other internationally renowned wine regions in the Cabernet Franc category. It is the only 2007 Cabernet Franc vintage to medal. At $14 retail is the also the least expensive Cabernet Franc that medaled, with some wines retailing for as high as $96 in this category. Cabernet Franc is a smooth red wine, very popular in Bordeaux, France.

Westphalia Vineyards founder Terry Neuner, on this impressive recognition:

“We entered our 2007 Cabernet Franc only a few weeks after bottling. We expect it to be an outstanding wine, and thought it had a chance to compete with the big boys. The fact that we add no sulfites, ferment and age in only Missouri white oak barrels, and really try to make our wines in a European style certainly helps in making fresh and vigorous wines that are ready to drink almost immediately. Still, we are pleasantly surprised by the results.”

2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition Judges

Robert “Rusty” Albert • Retailer / Wine & Spirits Buyer, Wine Impressions, San Francisco

Brian Baker • Director Consumer Sales & Marketing, Chateau Montelena, Sonoma

Gary Blackwell • Retailer / Wine Buyer, Blackwell’s Wines & Spirits, San Francisco

Anthony Dias Blue • President / Editor-in-Chief, Blue Lifestyle / The Tasting Panel Magazine, Los Angeles

Mark Bowery • Wine & Spirits Consultant, Mark Bowery Consulting, California

Ronald Brown • Editor & Publisher, The Japan Wine Challenge Magazine, Tokyo

Kimberly Charles • Owner, Charles Communications Associates, San Francisco

Patrick Comiskey • Senior Editor, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Los Angeleso

Jerry Cooper • Retailer / Wine & Spirits Buyer, Swirl on Castro, San Francisco

Traci Dutton • Head Sommelier, Greystone Restaurant, CIA, Napa

Janet Dyer • President, Wine Excel, San Francisco

Dana Farner • Beverage Director, CUT, The Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles

Michael Feil • GM / Wine & Spirits Buyer, Westchester Country Club, New York

Carl Grubbs • Sommelier, Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, San Francisco

Michael Hantman • Wine Consultant, St. Thomas

Jim Harré • Sommelier & Wine Writer, The Gates Country Lodge, New Zealand

Denise Johnson • Retailer / General Manager, Napa Valley Winery Exchange, San Francisco

Mendel Kohn • Sales, Vinifera Wine Marketing, California

Ellen Landis • Sommelier, Wine Writer, Consultant, San Francisco

Ann Littlefield • Direct Wine Marketing Specialist, New Vine Logistics, Napa

Sean Ludford • Journalist, Beverage Experts, Chicago

Charles F. Mara • President, The Mara Wine Group, New York

Drake McCarthy • Wine Consultant, California

Tim McDonald • President, Wine Spoken Here, Napa

Tim McGarr • Wine Consultant, Global Vintuition, California

Jim McMahon • Wine Writer, Author & Consultant, Australia

Linda Murphy • West Coast Editor, jancisrobinson.com, Sonoma

Nick Ponomareff • Wine Writer, California Grapevine, California

Jane Rate • Head Sommelier, Alto Restaurant, New York

Christopher Sawyer • Sommelier / Co-Founder, WineRadius.com, Sonoma

Leslie Sbrocco • Owner, L J S Productions, Sonoma

Robert Silverstein • Wine Director, Jar Restaurants, Los Angeles

Ronald Siragusa • Wine Director, Kuleto’s Italian Restaurant & Bar Norcini, San Francisco

George Skorka • General Manager, Bastide Restaurant, Los Angeles

Jeffery K. Stivers • General Manager & Sommelier, Crustacean Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Tim Teichgraeber • Freelance Wine Writer, Decanter.com, San Francisco

Valery Uhl • Director, North of the Gate Wine Competition, Sonoma

Gregory S. Walter • Editor & Publisher, PinotReport.com, Sonoma

Ronald Washam • Wine Educator, Silverado Vineyards, Sonoma

Lisa Weeks • Public Relations Director, T.G.I.C. Importers, Los Angeles

Gerald Weisl • Retailer & Wine Buyer, Weimax Wines & Spirits, Burlingame

Rosina Tinari Wilson • Wine Correspondent, Welcome to the Wine Country, Culinary Podcast Network, California

Wilfred Wong • Cellarmaster, Beverages & More!, California

Deborah Parker Wong • Editor, Northern California, Patterson’s The Tasting Panel Magazine, California

Debbie Zachareas • Retailer / Wine Director, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, San Franc