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Recent Awards

2019 California State Fair

Best of Class Appellation
2017 Fontaine Dry Rose

Gold Medal Winners
2017 Pinot Noir
NV Sparkling Brut Rose

2019 Mendocino County Fair

Best of Class & Best of Show
NV Sparkling Brut Rose

Double Gold Medal Winners
NV Sparkling Brut Rose
2018 Chardonnay

Gold Medal Winners
2017 Pinot Gris
2017 Riesling
2017 Gewurztraminer

2019 San Francisco Chronicle

Gold Medal Winners
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Gewurztraminer
2013 Old Vine Zin
NV Sparkling Brut

 


Complete Awards History

 
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2018
Silver Medal North of the Gate Wine Competition- 2018
Silver Medal Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition- 2017
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2017
Gold Medal Harvest Challenge- 2017
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Harvest Challenge- 2016
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Harvest Challenge- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal North of the Gate Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal San Diego Wine Challenge - 2015
Best of Class San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 
Double Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair - 2015 
Silver Medal, 87 Points California State Fair - 2015 
Gold Medal International Craft Competition Awards- 2014 
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2014 
Gold Medal International Craft Wine Competition- 2014
Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2014 
Silver Medal International Craft Wine Competition- 2014 
Double Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
98 Points “Fresh grapefruit, lemon/lime, melon, orange blossoms, lemongrass and stone fruit. Crisp, clean and well-balanced, with nice vibrant fruit on the palate leading to a fruit-filled long, lingering finish.” -Just Wine Points 

88 Points “Soft, crisp and fresh with notes of green apple, lemon tart, violet and spring peas.” –Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

Double Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2018
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2018

Silver Medal  Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2017
Double Gold Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Double Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2016 
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal San Diego Wine Challenge- 2016
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 
Silver Medal & 88 Points California State Fair - 2015 
Silver Medal New York International Wine Competition- 2015 
Gold Medal International Craft Competition Awards- 2014 
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2014 

98 Points “All fruit, no oak, in a superbly-crafted, well-balanced wine exhibiting crisp tropical fruit, apple, peach and pear flavors with light floral elements, ending in a finish that goes on and on and on.” – Just Wine Points 

90 Points “Crisp and delicious with notes of yellow apple, Bosc pear, and dried mango.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape  

 

Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2017
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2017
Best of Class California State Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Gold Medal California State Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair - 2015 
Silver Medal Orange County Wine Competition - 2015 
Silver Medal International Craft Competition Awards - 2015 
98 Points JustWinePoints.com - 2015 
Silver Medal International Craft Wine Competition - 2014 
Silver Medal Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge - 2014 

95 Points “Pretty nose of citrus, pear, apple and peach, nicely complemented by floral blossoms and clove. Crisp, clean and well-balanced on the palate, fruit-forward with a long, lingering finish.” – Just Wine Points 
 

 

Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2017
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2017
91 Points San Diego Wine Challenge - 2017
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Gold Medal San Diego Wine Challenge - 2016
Silver Medal California State Fair Wine Competition- 2016 
Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2015 
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2014 
93 Points “Pretty floral notes mingle with apricots, honey, pear, mango and tart apple. Nicely balanced, smooth and sweet, with a full mouthfeel and a beautiful finish.” -Just Wine Points
89 Points “Zippy, weighty and slightly sweet with notes of lemon, green apple, and apricot.” -Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape
 

 

Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2011 
Double Gold Mendocino County Fair - 2011 
Gold Medal Orange County Wine Competition – 2011 
Four Star Gold Medal Orange County Fair Wine Competition - 2011 

Double Gold Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2011 

Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2011 
Best of Class San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2011 

87 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine “A botrytis-blessed Riesling with 10.2 residual sugar, this dessert wine is decadent in stone fruit and sweet honey, with balanced acidity and a long finish.” –Virginie Boone 

 

Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2017
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition –2016
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Silver Medal Harvest Challenge- 2016
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal California State Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2016
Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Silver Medal San Diego Wine Challenge - 2016
Silver Medal Orange County Wine Competition – 2013 
Silver Medal North of the Gate - 2013 
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2013 

Silver Medal Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge - 2013 

Silver Medal CA State Fair Wine Competition - 2013


90 Points EDITORS’ CHOICE – Wine Enthusiast Magazine “Definitely dry, this wine conveys precise rose petal, lychee fruit and Gravenstein apple aromas and flavors and a lively texture. Because it’s rich in body, flavors linger on the finish. It will make a great apéritif with such appetizers as goat cheese toasts and roasted almonds “ – Jim Gordon  

 

Best of Class Appellation California State Fair Wine Competition - 2017
Silver Medal
 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition – 2017
Gold Medal Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal OC Fair Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition- 2016
Silver Medal North of the Gate Wine Competition- 2016
Gold Medal Drink Pink Vino International Rose Wine Competition- 2015 

 

Silver Medal 2019 California State Fair Wine Competition
Silver Medal
2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2018 Harvest Challenge
Silver Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2017 Harvest Challenge
Gold Medal 2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, Best Of Class Of Region, 94 Points – 2016 CA State Fair
Gold Medal 2016 New York International Wine Competition
Double Gold 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Best of Show 2015 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Best of Class 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

Best of Class 2015 Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Gold Medal 2015 Grand Harvest Awards

Gold Medal 2015 International Craft Wine Competition

Gold Medal 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Gold Medal 2014 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
Best of Show, 98 Points 2014 CA State Fair Wine Competition
Double Gold 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal 2013 Mendocino County Wine Competition

Double Gold 2012 Mendocino County Wine Competition

90 Points “Fine, dry and persistent with notes of lemon zest, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla pudding and honeycomb.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape

89 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine “This wine is a light gold color, with appetizing pear and crisp apple aromas. Firm acidity, a lively texture and absolutely fresh flavors make it a pleasure to drink.” –Jim Gordon
88 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines “Although at first hinting of lemons and chalk in a way that suggests Blanc de Blancs, this well-crafted sparkler broadens slightly as it goes and takes on a nice touch of cream and quiet toastiness. Its ample bubbles may fade just a bit, but its calcium and lemon-cream flavors do not, and it finishes on a pleasant, minerally note that invites service with oysters on the half-shell.”

Top 7 America Sparkling Wines for Thanksgiving 2016 Forbes.com 

 

Gold Medal 2019 California State Fair

Best of Show, Best of  Class, Double Gold 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition
Silver Medal 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

 

Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2013
Gold Medal International Craft Competition Awards - 2012 
Gold Medal International Craft Wine Competition - 2013 

88 Points “Light, tart, and fresh with notes of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Perfect for BBQ.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape
 
TOP 100 WINES of 2012 Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle wine editor
Recommended Producer of Zinfandel – “California’s Zinfandel Hot Spots” by Wine Enthusiast editors Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone

98 Points “Candied raspberry, cherry and strawberry aromas mingle with herbaceous black pepper spice and light amounts on vanilla and oak. If you want a huge, chewy, jammy zin, this is not your wine. This is a light-to-medium-bodied, food-friendly wine that’s well-balanced and exhibits great zin character without all of the heavy baggage most zins have these days.” Just Wine Points- 2013

Gold Medal California State Fair Wine Competition - 2017
Silver Medal
Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition- 2017
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2016
Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2015
Silver Medal North of the Gate Wine Competition- 2014
Gold Medal Mendocino County Fair - 2014 
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair - 2013 
Gold Medal Orange County Wine Competition - 2014 
Gold Medal International Craft Competition Awards- 2013 
Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2013 
Gold Medal International Craft Wine Competition- 2013 
Silver Medal Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - 2013 

96 Points “Tart bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors start this wine off, with black tea/coffee, mineral dust and oak following. Medium-bodied” Just Wine Points - 2014

88 Points “Lightly fruity and tart with notes of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, red rose, violet, cedar and cacao nibs.” – Catherine Fallis, MS; Planet Grape  

 

Silver Medal San Diego Wine Challenge- 2012 

 

 

Press & Reviews

"2013 Blue Quail Old Vine Zinfandel"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"2017 Blue Quail Pinot Noir"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"2016 Blue Quail Dry Gewürztraminer"
By Kerry Kirkham, the Wine Fox: YouTube, June 2019

"Potter Valley: An Unexpected Place for Refreshing Riesling"
By David Darlington: Wine & Sprits Magazine, February 2019

"McFadden: a Potter Valley farm with notable Zinfandels"
By Sara Schneider: SF Chronicle, July 2018

Blue Quail Wines – Terrific Organic Wines
By Joe: Good Cheap Vino, October 2017

McFadden becomes Blue Quail
By Joe Becerra: Wine Country Getaways, October 2017

"City boy and his vines have thrived in Mendocino’s Potter Valley"
By Mike Dunne: Sacramento Bee, November 11, 2014