Nottingham Cellars 6 for 6 at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Nottingham Cellars is a new comer to the Livermore Valley.  They are just now celebrating the one year anniversary of their Livermore tasting room, but that and the fact that they have one of the youngest winemakers in the Valley has not slowed them down.  At this year’s San Francisco Chronicle wine competition Nottingham Cellars entered six of their wines and all six won medals.  Of note was their 2009 Livermore Valley Del Arroyo Vineyards Chardonnay, which won a double gold.  A double gold medal is only achieved if the entire panel of judges agrees, which is not an easy achievement. Nottingham Cellars is one of my favorite wineries and even though it is no surprised to me, I am excited to see them do so well.

I recently receive a news blast from Brian Dias of Nottingham Cellars about the competition, which I would love to share with all of you.

Livermore Valley’s Nottingham Cellars Enjoys 1-Year Anniversary with Honors

LivermoreNottingham Cellars, one of the Livermore Valley’s newer wineries, just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its tasting room last month. Featured at the event were several new wines that were also submitted recently to the 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest American wine contest in the world. In fact, the winery submitted the six wines that comprise its current tasting list. All six brought home medals including a prestigious double-gold for its ’09 Chardonnay.

“I am very honored and proud that our first entry into the wine competition was so successful. The wines are a true picture of what we had in mind when we started Nottingham Cellars and is a great indication of what the future holds,” said Jeff Cranor, owner of Nottingham Cellars.

The winery is a family business that teams Cranor with his son, who is the winemaker, Collin. At 25, Collin is one of the youngest winemakers in the Valley but very dedicated to his craft. “Working with family is a constant challenge and a blessing. Times like these really push things towards the latter. Cheers to my dad Jeff for having faith in the winery and helping us take it to the next level,” Collin noted.

The younger Cranor also points out the support and help they have received from many other wineries, winemakers, and growers in the Valley. The advice and feedback has proven invaluable. “We’d really like to thank our friends and partner in the Livermore Valley,” said Jeff.

“I am so confident in the wines of the future, as we think our upcoming vintages will raise the bar even further. Receiving these medals is a major sigh of relief. Most people that come through the doors at Nottingham seem to truly enjoy the wines, but as a young winemaker I am still a little unsure. This is the first competition into which I have entered any wines. To take home 6 of a possible 6 means a lot for my confidence,” Collin continued.

Nottingham Cellars is located on South Vasco Road near the heart of the Valley. It is an urban, contemporary winery with a small and friendly tasting room. There are barrel tables where you can sample a flight or enjoy a glass or bottle. The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable. Often, Jeff and Collin Cranor can be found in the tasting room and are happy to talk about the wines.

The SF Chronicle medal winners include the ’09 Chardonnay, ’09 Reserve Chardonnay, ’07 Viognier, ’08 Syrah, ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon and the ’08 Ralphi’s Red Blend. The last wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend, is indicative of the good-humor visitors find at Nottingham Cellars. “When I was younger, my friends told me constantly that I looked like Ralphi from the movie ‘A Christmas Story.’ So, I was branded Ralphi for life!” said Collin.

Nottingham Cellars has many new wines coming soon, all featuring top quality Livermore Valley fruit. Some things to look for include some terrific Petite Sirahs, a Malbec, a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux-style blend called ‘Supremacy.’ The winery is located at 2245, Unit C, S. Vasco Road, Livermore, CA 94550. They are open from Noon to 4:30 Fridays thru Sundays.

For More Information:

Contact: Bryan Dias,

Telephone: 510-396-7276


Check them out on on Facebook and mobile alerts can be received by texting “Nottingham” to 84700

Click here to see a listing of all of the 2011 SF Chronicle Livermore Valley winners.

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