There were over 6,500 wines entered into the SF Chronicle Wine competition from all over the United States. The competition is stiff and in its 5th year, the SF Chronicle competition includes a special label contest apart from the traditional wine portion of the event.
There were only 6 categories, and 1 Label Sweepstakes, judged by 59 professional wine judges from all over the country. The process was extensive, and wines were judged on and recognized for their extraordinary quality.
Innovative vintner, John Harley of INIZI Wines received double the pleasure, walking away with both a gold medal and the Label Sweepstakes winner, for INIZI Wines 2012 Charbano in the competition. The name INIZI means â€œBeginningsâ€ in Italian, and if this competition winner is any indication of greater things to come, it looks like they are off to a fabulous start!
The INIZI wines are a brand under Two Worlds Wine Company, located in Sebastopol, California. Harley and his wife Kirsti along with AJ and Jen Filipelli, co-founders, took on the ambitious task of cultivating a grape that was widely planted but very little was known about its origin.
The Sweepstakes winning label printed by Labeltronix on Natural Felt is embossed and spot varnished to bring depth to the image. Harley reports high levels of satisfaction with their label printer, Labeltronix. â€œThey always bend over backwards to make their customer happy,â€ he said. â€œAnd thatâ€™s great.â€