TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA July 19, 2011 Results are in from the Beverage Tasting Institute's (BTI) Sparkling Wine Review and Southern California’s Temecula Valley South Coast Winery scored BIG with all nine of its nine sparkling wines entered, including 2 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal.

South Coast Winery produces over 15,000 cases of sparkling wine each year from its 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art sparkling wine production facility. In fact, South Coast Winery’s Master Winemaker Jon McPherson held the title of most highly decorated sparkling wine producer in the world in the mid–1990s; and since coming to South Coast Winery, he’s continuously been proving to the world he still "got it," which is why South Coast elected to submit its sparkling wines to the BTI Tasting Panel reviews in July.

Founded in 1981 BTI’s objective is to produce fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers, and its philosophy still holds true today. In fact, BTI’s reputation continuously causes its buying guides to appear in such noted sources as Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, and many others.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait for this information to be released by these major networks. A quick highlight of South Coast’s Top Sparkling Wine Awards include:

South Coast NV Sparkling Gewurztraminer: This sparkling took the World Wine Championship Medal and Best Buy distinction from Beverage Institute with its exceptional 90 point ranking. BTI’s description states, "Bright aromas of apricot jam, pineapple cake, and yellow rose with a tangy, fruity medium body and a long, juicy apple and lemon curd accented finish. A deliciously fruity and easy-drinking sparkler that is perfect for parties." South Coast’s own customer reviews back up this popular pick. Priced at just $18 per 750mL bottle.

South Coast Winery’s NV Blanc de Noir: This South Coast Winery sparkling earned an exception 92 points from Beverage Tasting Institute, delectably described by BTI as "A silvery salmon pink color with a lingering mousse. Bright aromas of strawberries and whipped cream on pound cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy lemon scone, kiwi, apple, and mineral accented finish. Yummy." This sparkling is priced right for turning an ordinary day into a celebration at just $18 per 750mL bottle.

South Coast Winerys NV Brut: This South Coast Winery all–star came in third position among its South Coast counterparts, earning an impressive 89 points and ranking the highest among the long listing of Bruts sampled by BTI during its July 7, 2011 tasting. The Judging Panel of BTI describes this wine as follows: "Golden topaz color. Aromas of orange marmalade, anise cookie and earth with a vibrant dry–ish medium body and a tart starfruit, green apple and lemon pith accented finish." Just $18 per 750 mL bottle.

Rounding out the Top 5 Highly Rated positions are two popular South Coast Winery sparkling wines, which tied the BTI Tasting Panel at 88 Points.

88 • South Coast NV Spumante Diamante, California $18.
Pale straw green color. Bright floral potpourri, pear and grape jelly aromas with a lively, effervescent fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apple, pineapple and strawberry shortcake finish. A fruity, sweet crowd pleasing sipper reminiscent of Moscato d’Asti.

88 • South Coast NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Temecula $18.
Silvery straw color with a fine persistent mousse. Aromas of spicy apple sauce, caramelized pear, and melon sorbet with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy orange marmalade on cake finish. A refreshing, fruity crowd pleaser.

South Coast Winery produces a broad portfolio of premium wines that are 95% grown and produced in Southern California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country under the care of owner/vintner Jim Carter. Over the course of its first few years of production, South Coast Winery has received over 1,500 awards and medals from both domestic and international wine competitions, including two back–to–back claims to the California State Winery of the Year title. The winery graces the grounds of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, a 39–acre destination property located in the heart of Temecula’s Wine Country at 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, and has a restaurant and tasting room in Orange County, California. Both can be found online at

For more information about this release, electronic photos or to schedule a private media tour of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, contact Crystal Magon at (951) 587-9463 Ext. 7204 or Those Interested in wine distribution opportunities should contact Brenda Ruocco at (951) 587-9463 Ext. 7244 or