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2017 Petite Sirah Recognized by SF Chronicle with Gold Medal

First off, Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we have entered a new decade.  Here’s to a fantastic 2020! 

Following on the news that our Zin was awarded a Gold Medal late last year, our 2017 Petite Sirah has also won Gold, this time from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  This  is the largest wine competition in North America, evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries.  As such, we are humbled to receive this great distinction for our Petite Sirah. 

This is great timing as shipments of the Petite Sirah will commence on Monday, February 10.  Please note – only 108 cases were produced so availability will be extremely limited.  To take advantage of our news, please email us now to reserve your order.  

With this award, we are proud to be able to say that now both our Zin and PS are Gold Medal winners.  We could not have done this without all of your support, so thank you!  We look forward to hearing from you in 2020.

Jason, Mitzi and Kate 

2017 Zinfandel Awarded Gold Medal and 91 Points

We hope you are doing well and wish you the best this Holiday Season! We want to pass along news that our 2017 Zinfandel was just awarded a Gold Medal and a rating of 91-points from the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition. We are humbled by the accolades we continue to receive and appreciate all of your support as we continue on this journey.

If you are looking for a unique wine or gift for the Holidays, please consider our hand-numbered, limited production, (and now) award winning Zinfandel.

In its 39th year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is one of the world’s longest-running international wine competitions; it was founded in 1980 as a way to determine and award exceptional domestic and international wines. The Competition is the largest international wine competition in the United States, attracting thousands of entries from over 31 countries around the world. For a full listing of award winners, please see here.

Exec Balances Careers with Vineyard, Uber

We are lucky to get front page coverage by The Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese-English language newspaper based in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California. The paper began in 1903 as a one-page, mimeographed Japanese-language newspaper and is now one of the oldest ethnic newspapers in the country.

In the article here, you will learn more about our family history over the past 123 years since my grandfather arrived in California. We hope you enjoy the information!

Inaugural Petite Sirah Release Now Available

We are pleased to announce that our third wine, a Petite Sirah, is now available to our newsletter group. Only 55 cases of the inaugural vintage were produced.

To learn more, please see this recent article about the efforts that went into this wine.

As always, thank you for your support!

Jason, Mitzi and Kate

2015 Zin Awarded 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast – Now Sold Out

In February, the 2015 Zinfandel was awarded a Gold Medal by the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States. This is our 4th consecutive Gold Medal or better. Additionally in May, Wine Enthusiast awarded the Zin 90 points, the 3rd such rating across our past 4 vintages. The tasting report is here. We are humbled to receive such national recognition for our wines. Sadly, though, it is already SOLD OUT. The 2016 is set for release in November, so please make sure you don’t miss out.

Mikami’s Lodi Grown Wines Combine Restraint, Intensity and over 100 Years of Winegrowing Experience

Our wines have been featured by the Lodi Wine Commission with a wonderful article by acclaimed wine expert Randy Caparoso @randycaparoso.

Please see the link here.

It’s always humbling to see our small winery featured like this. Thank you to everyone for their continued support that pushes us to always strive for the highest quality wines.

Gold for Our 2015 Zinfandel!

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has awarded our 2015 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel a Gold Medal. A testament to our continued focus for quality and consistency, this our 4th consecutive Gold Medal or better award from the Chronicle.

As many of you know, the SF Chronicle Competition is the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States, with nearly 7,000 entries from around the country.

Here is our San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results for our vintages since 2009:

2015 – Gold
2014 – Double Gold
2013 – Double Gold
2012 – Gold
2011 – Silver
2010 – Best of Class
2009 – Gold

2015 Zinfandel – Allocations Have Begun

To our loyal fans,
Allocations for our 2015 Zinfandel release have begun.

Depending on your priority group, you will receive an email extending to you a 7-day window to contact us and make your request. After this time, we will move to the next priority group.

Please Note:
1. Only 100 cases of the Zin are available this year. This is due to the fact that 2015 saw extremely low fruit yields.
2. We will collect payment information after we receive your request.
3. Wines will ship the week of February 5.
4. Pricing remains the same: $39/bottle, $225 for 6-bottles, $450 per case. Shipping fees will be waived for orders of 6-bottles or more.

Safe from the Fire

First off, thank you to everyone who inquired about us during these horrible fires. With the vineyard in Lodi, the vines are fine. However, as many of you know, we do our winemaking in Napa, at Fontanella Family Winery’s facilities. We are indebted to the tireless efforts of the Fontanella team and the firefighters of Napa who saved the facility from these flames that were literally just thousands of feet away.

Secondly, we encourage those who can to make a donation to Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by the fires.  Photo by Jeff Fontanella.

Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa on NBC Bay Area

On October 8, we were invited to join award-winning reporter, Robert Handa, on his show Asian Pacific America.  As one of the only Bay Area shows focused on Asian American cultural affairs, we were honored to be invited to talk about our family and our wines.

During the first segment, our conversation focused on our family’s history, with the second focused on a brief overview of wine pairings.  You can watch the segments here.  Please let us know what you think!