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Mt. Diablo's New Gold Rush at Shadowbrook Winery


February 16, 2011 - Walnut Creek, CA

For a third consecutive year, Walnut Creek has silenced the skeptics and fortified its position amongst the ranks of California's most distinguished wine-growing regions. Following last year's double gold triumph over established, legendary Napa brands, Shadowbrook Winery once again impressed the experts at this year's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In what was the Competition's most competitive year to date, drawing an incredible 5,050 entries from across the country, Shadowbrook found itself in a rematch in the Chronicle's "Elite Category," pitted against Napa Valley's most prestigious reserve wines.

"The cynics who say Walnut Creek can't grow and produce world-class wines is what really motivates me," said Tim Jochner, proprietor and wine master of Shadowbrook Winery. "My vision has always been to cultivate a collection of wines that can stand up against the Napa legends."

After bringing home a total of three gold medals for the 2007 Jon Rae, the 2008 Cabernet and the 2008 Encore and three silver medals for the 2008 Zinfandel, the 2008 Syrah, and the 2009 Rosè, Shadowbrook proved once more that Walnut Creek can pour with the best.

Not only did Shadowbrook prevail over wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Heitz Wine Cellars, Pine Ridge, and ZD Reserve, but also did so with a Cabernet Sauvignon that retails for only $68 a bottle, while other medal winners in the "Elite Category" retail for up to $175 a bottle.

"Being born and raised in Walnut Creek, there's an indescribable sense of pride in being able to bring home the recognition Walnut Creek deserves," says Tim Jochner. "A winery winning a medal is not a novel concept, but a winery, repeatedly winning medals while competing in the elite categories, with grapes grown in Walnut Creek, now there's a story. Shadowbrook's continued success at this level is proof that world-class wines are not worlds away. They're grown and produced right in Contra Costa's backyard."

Nestled beneath Mt. Diablo in the Eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Shadowbrook Winery was established in 2005 by Tim and Courtney Jochner as the first winery in Walnut Creek since Prohibition. Initial plantings included varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah. Today, Shadowbrook Winery's vineyards have expanded to include Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah, which are grown and produced right next to Shadowbrook's olive trees that produce Contra Costa County's only California Olive Oil Council certified extra virgin olive oil. Visit shadowbrookwinery.com for more information.

Contact:
Tim Jochner
(925) 988-9463

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