Conway Family Wines' Rancho Arroyo Grande Mourvedre Named a 'Wine of the Year' by Wine Spectator

"...A Wine and a Winery That You Should Know About" Wrote Matt Kramer

Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 ET from Conway Family Wines

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Conway Family Wines, an award winning, boutique family-owned winery on California's Central Coast, today announced that Wine Spectator contributor Matt Kramer included the winery's Rancho Arroyo Grande Mourvedre 2007 in his coveted "My Wines of the Year" column in the December 2010 issue.  It was one of only three wines in the world to achieve this rare distinction.

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"We are deeply honored by this recognition, especially since it was our very first vintage," said Gillian Conway, Vice President of Communications, Conway Family Wines.  "The Mourvedre was truly a labor of love.  We are so excited that it resonated with a wine luminary like Matt Kramer in such a prestigious magazine as Wine Spectator."

Kramer's theme this year was "wines of surprise."  He noted that Mourvedre, a renowned grape in Provence's Bandol district, isn't a varietal that is often pursued in California.  He wrote, "This wine could give a top Bandol a run for its euro: dense, elegant, suffused with Mourvedre's signature spice and dust notes yet devoid of the sometimes excessive hardness that can accompany Mourvedre's famously tough tannins."  He added that it signaled a "potentially great vineyard site…a wine and winery that you should know about."

About Conway Family Wines

Conway Family Wines is an award winning, family-owned boutique winery located in Santa Barbara County on California's Central Coast. Led by a dynamic family team and Champagne-born winemaker Jonathan Medard, the winery is committed to making high quality wines that combine California fruit with European finesse. The winery produces two labels, Rancho Arroyo Grande and Deep Sea, which have won critical acclaim and popularity among savvy wine lovers.  The Rancho Arroyo Grande estate wines capture the unique minerality imparted by the fossil-rich soil of their vineyards.  The Deep Sea wines are defined by the maritime influenced terroir of the Central Coast. For more information, please visit

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