The 2024 San Francisco Wine Competition gave many local wineries gold and silver medals.

Little Uvas Valley winery won several gold medals at the San Francisco Wine Competition.

By Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Those of us who live in the South Valley have long known we have many award-winning wineries that rival those in other, perhaps more well known regions.

The 2024 San Francisco Wine Competition just reinforced that notion with many local wineries taking home medals.

Guglielmo Winery (Morgan Hill) earned a Silver for their 2021 Private Reserve Chardonnay.

Martin Ranch (Gilroy) scored Gold for the 2022 Therese Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and Silver for the 2018 Therese Signature Selections Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2020 JD Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020 JD Hurley Pinot Noir and 2020 JD Hurley Santa Clara Valley Merlot, all scored Silver.

Kirigin Cellars (Gilroy) scored Double Gold for their Vino de Mocca and Owner’s Reserve Cab blend and Silvers for their Santa Clara Valley 2019 Barbera, 2022 Chardonnay, 2022 Malvasia Bianca, 2019 Petite Sirah, 2022 Pinot Grigio, Estate Red, NV Kirigin’s Delight, NV Kirigin’s Red, 2019 Syrah and 2020 Tempranillo. (NV means “non-vintage,” or generally a blend of two or more vintages.)

L&M Vineyard (Gilroy) scored Silver for their 2020 Cabernet Franc, San Ysidro District (tiny sub AVA in the south of Gilroy).

Little Uvas, (San Martin) owned and operated by former Rosy’s at the Beach proprietors Rich and Rosy Bergin, entered four wines and won three Golds and a Silver, including a Double Gold for the 2020 Merlot, Gold for the 2021 Barbera, Gold for the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, and Silver for the 2022 Sauvignon Blanc.

P & V Winery (Morgan Hill) scored Double Gold for their 2020 Aram Cab Sauv, Gold for their 2019 Santa Clara County Zinfandel, and 2021 for their Santa Margarita Ranch Chardonnay.

Sarah’s Vineyard (Gilroy) scored Gold for their 2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Gold for the lively 2021 Rose d’Ella-Rae sparkling wine. They also scored Silver for the 2021 Estate Pinot Noir.

Solis Winery (Gilroy) scored Silvers for their 2021 Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2022 Fiano, 2019 Syrah and 2019 Zinfandel.

Moose Mountain (San Martin) scored Gold for the 2020 Prodigal Son Merlot-leading blend and Silver for the 2020 Merlot.

There were more than 5,700 entries from more than 1,000 wineries in North America, Mexico and Canada. Congratulations to all.

The complete results can be viewed at


Charter School of Morgan Hill recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day where each grade, kindergarten through eighth, participated in this event. Read Aloud Day is celebrated the first Wednesday of February and seeks to celebrate the power of reading aloud to build community and amplify voices.

Students were read to by CSMH board members, trustees from Morgan Hill Unified School District, Superintendent Carmen Garcia and Morgan Hill Mayor Mark Turner. Students dressed up as their favorite book characters and were treated to muffins.

Turner delighted the first-grade students with his reading of “The Book with No Pictures” by B. J. Novak. Afterwards, he shared his pizza throwing skills with the students. Trustee Adam Escoto read “Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers” by Sarah E. Warren and surprised the students by calling her. Unfortunately, she was not available but the experience helped to build connections. The students, who might not have realized that Huerta is indeed a real person and not just a character or distant historical figure, gained a deeper appreciation for different  lived experiences. The sixth-grade students enjoyed hearing “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Hearing this long-time favorite again at a different age led to more significant analysis and reflection. Re-reading the book gave opportunities to consider the story in a new light, proving that perspective and context can be just as important as the material itself.

According to organizers, participation in World Read Aloud Day was a positive opportunity for students to interact with prominent community members. Enjoying the written word together as an event will continue to enhance the memorable experiences students are able to have at CSMH for years to come.

We congratulate everyone who encourages youngsters to appreciate the written word.