Casque Wines has a gold medal finish

Loomis winery earns double gold at state fair competition
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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There’s still gold in the foothills. That’s gold ribbons, and silver, too, won last week by Casque Wines of Loomis in the 2010 California State Fair Wine Competition. Casque received the honors in the Micro Winery category, which gives smaller production, handcrafted commercial wineries such as Casque the same chance to win medals as larger wineries. The local winery received a double gold medal and near-perfect 98 points, on a scale of 100, for its 2009 Vermentino. The wine, yet to be released, will be poured at the July 7 Grape and Gourmet event at Cal Expo. Casque’s 2007 Cabernet Franc garnered 95 points and a gold medal. Silver medal winners were their 2009 Viognier, with 91 points, and their 2008 Calotte Blanc, which earned 88 points. Tina Morarity-Breunig said she and her husband, Mark Breunig, and winery co-owner and winemaker Kevin Stevenson are proud about the recognition. “It was a nice surprise for us,” Morarity-Breunig said. “We haven’t even released it (the 2009 Vermentino) to the public yet, so we don’t know what other people think. We think it’s great.” Stevenson said the grape varietal is not very well known in the United States. “It has a little bit of a cult following … you find it in a lot of Italian restaurants,” he said. Morarity-Breunig said the Calotte Blanc was the first wine they made, and the 2008 vintage was the second release of the Rhone-style wine. Café Zorro is one of the local restaurants where Calotte Blanc is available. Matt Williams, an experienced professional in the wine industry and owner of Café Zorro, is a fan of Calotte Blanc. “I think Calotte is a perfect example of a white Rhone done well in California,” Williams said. “It’s got moderate minerality with balanced fruit, and a nice, crisp finish great for a hot summer day.” Casque Wines are also available at Wild Chicken Coffee, Tea and Specialty Drinks.