Last year the Livermore Valley Uncorked event in April to celebrate the wine country with the Tri-Valley Conservancy was sold out, with 360 wine lovers attending.
This year was to be the 11th for the annual fundraiser, but the gathering had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ticket purchases were refunded. However the main event still took place -- the judging of Livermore Valley wines.
Initial screening of the 123 submissions was done during three days in March, before the pandemic, by many of the region's winemakers.
Sixty-nine wines went on to the final round, where they were judged by three wine writers: Jim Gordon of Wine Enthusiast, Laura Ness of Spirited and Wine Industry Advisor, and Fred Swan of NorCal Wines.
Best Of Show pitted all three Best Of winners against one another, and the winner was the 2016 Ruby Hill Reserve Collection Petite Sirah, chosen for its embodiment of both the varietal and the region.
A complete list of winners as well as a shopping list of all types of wines in different price categories can be found at TriValleyConservancy.org.
The annual Uncorked event raises funds for the programs of Tri-Valley Conservancy, which works to protect open space for parks, farms, trails, ranches and wildlife habitat.