2023 North Coast Wine Challenge:
DOUBLE GOLD, 96 Points for 2020 Alexander Valley Zinfandel

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Miro Cellars 2019 DCV Zinfandel

“Purity of fruit, zesty, gutsy, feisty but polite.”

Here are the judges who took part in the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge:

  • Daryl Groom: Chief judge and owner/winemaker, Groom Wines, Healdsburg
  • Chelsea Barrett: Winemaker, Matterra Cunat Family Vineyards in Napa. She launched Aviatrix of Napa with her mom, winemaker Heidi Barrett, and sister Remi Barrett, Calistoga.
  • Heidi Barrett: Winemaker for Barrett & Barrett Wines, Calistoga
  • Tim Bell: Winemaker, Dry Creek Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • Dan Berger: Master sommelier and wine journalist, Santa Rosa
  • Scot Covington: Winemaker for Trione Vineyards and Winery, Geyserville
  • Traci Dutton: Sommelier, wine and beverage judge and manager of the Public Wine and Beverage Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa County
  • Ziggy Eschliman: Radio and TV personality and wine blogger, Sonoma County
  • Nick Goldschmidt: Winemaker and consultant, Goldschmidt Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • Bill Hayes: Wine category manager, BevMo!, U.S. West Coast
  • Barry Herbst: Wine director, Bottle Barn Liquors, Santa Rosa
  • Kady Kahale: Head of wine buying, Naked Wines US; wine consultant and winemaker, Napa
  • Jesse Katz: Winemaker, Aperture and Devil Proof Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • Ellen Landis: Certified sommelier, certified wine specialist and wine educator, Windsor
  • Jon McCarthy: Certified sommelier, wine and beverage director for The Matheson, Healdsburg
  • Peg Melnik: Wine critic, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa
  • Chris Munsell: Director of winemaking, E&J Gallo Winery, Sonoma County
  • Linda Murphy: Contributing writer, Sonoma Magazine and The Press Democrat, Healdsburg
  • Laura Ness: Wine journalist, columnist and judge, Bay Area
  • Erik Olsen: COO, Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland
  • Alexandria Sarovich: Sommelier at the three-Michelin-star Single Thread Farm, Restaurant & Inn, Healdsburg
  • Christopher Sawyer: Wine writer and “Sommelier to the Stars,” Sonoma
  • Mick Schroeter: Director of winemaking, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Thach: Master of wine, professor of wine, professor of management, author
  • Greg Urimi: Production manager, Paul Hobbs Wines, Sebastopol
  • Larry Van Aalst: Radio host of “The Sonoma Wine Report,” CRN Digital Talk Radio, Santa Rosa
  • Wilfred Wong: Chief storyteller, wine.com, San Francisco
  • Debbie Zachareas: Wine expert and lecturer, Napa County

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