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Russian River Vineyards wins awards at 2016 Harvest Fair
Forestville, CA
10/04/2016 02:37 PM

Russian River Vineyards wins awards at 2016 Harvest Fair

(Forestville, CA) October 4, 2016 Russian River Vineyards winemaker, Gio Balistreri, is proud to announce the winery’s recent awards garnered at the 2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.  With more than 1094 wines entered, the West County vineyard and winery was awarded a double gold and best of class for the prestigious Pinot Noir offered at $65 or more.

Balistreri, a co-owner in the vineyard, winery, and The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards, became winemaker in 2012, having been mentored by previous winemaker Anthony Austin.  Austin continues to work with Balistreri, and the combined talents have helped the winery to grow its production and the quality of their wines.

With a limited 330 case production of the 2014 Horse Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, it is expected to become a favorite with the publishing of this year’s award winners.  The award-winning wine is available at the winery/restaurant tasting room and online through the winery’s wine club.

“This wine is exceptional in part because of the vineyard’s eastern facing slope along the Russian River corridor, which gives the Pinot grapes just the right blend of sunshine and cooling fog. We look forward to producing great wines from these grapes for years to come,” said Balistreri.

In addition to the Horse Ridge Pinot, the winery took a gold award for their 2014 Burke Family Vineyards, Silver awards for their 2014 Chardonnay and their 2015 Valley’s Hand Vineyard Gewurztraminer and a bronze award for the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.

Russian River Vineyards is located in the Russian River Valley and is surrounded by estate vineyards and majestic redwoods.  The property houses a tasting lounge and The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards, which has been recognized by Open Table as a top 100 al fresco dining experience in the U.S.  The tasting room is open daily, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily except Wednesdays.  For more information on Russian River Vineyards, please visit the website at


Photo Caption: Russian River Vineyards’ Gio Balistreri and family celebrate sweepstakes win

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