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Double gold and silver awarded to Jeff Gordon Cellars at wine competition

CALISTOGA, Calif. — Two exceptional red varietals from Jeff Gordon Cellars have garnered awards at the 2011 Hilton Head International Wine Judging and Competition.

The 2007 Ella Sofia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, named after Jeff Gordon’s daughter, won a prestigious Double Gold award in its category. In addition, the full-bodied 2006 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon added a Silver medal to the collection.

This year marked the 26th edition of the annual Hilton Head Wine Competition. Judging took place Jan. 28, 29 and 30 at The Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Conference Center.

The competition is part of the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, which includes the Grand Wine Tasting & Auction and WineFest, one of the East Coast’s largest outdoor public wine
tastings. The festival takes place March 11 and 12 and is presented by the Hilton Head Hospitality Association.

In its 26 years on the Island, the festival has grown from a small wine tasting to one of the East Coast’s largest tented wine festivals and has garnered the Bon Appetit Seal of Approval in 2011.

Information about festival activities can be found at www.hiltonheadislandwineandfood.com. Jeff Gordon Cellars will be sampling wine at both events.