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Vara Winery & Distillery recently won gold for its Silverhead Brut Cava at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards. (Courtesy of Vara Winery & Distillery)

Several Vara Winery & Distillery wines have been recognized at the 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards.

Vara’s Silverhead Brut Cava was awarded the gold medal by a panel of high-profile sommeliers and wine directors.

“The gold winning Silverhead Brut Cava has a brilliant light-yellow color with fine well-released bubbles forming a continuous bead and a fantastic crown,” according to a Vara news release. “The nose is youthful and fresh with pleasant fruity and floral aromas. This bubbly is very pleasant on the palate with a mildly dry fruitiness and a nice persistence of liveliness. The finish is clean and very well balanced, inviting you to another taste.”

Other award winners include its Vara Garnacha, Garnacha Rosado, Tempranillo, Viura and AlbariƱo.

“We’re really excited that our Vara Silverhead Brut Cava scored so highly on the various factors, making it a great wine for the consumers to enjoy in restaurants,” said Doug Diefenthaler, co-owner of Vara Winery & Distillery. “We really put a lot of emphasis on creating a wine with broad consumer appeal, and one that wine drinkers will enjoy for a variety of different occasions. This award is really a validation of our winemaking expertise.”

Medals were awarded to wines that met specific judging criteria, including value, quality, package and how well they pair with foods. The goal was to identify wines that should be added to restaurant wine lists.

“Would we stock this?” and “Will the consumer buy the second glass?” were the top two questions that the sommeliers tried to answer as they judged the wines. Each wine was scored accordingly. The highest marks were given to wines that provide the best value for their price. More information about the judging process can be found at

Sid Patel, CEO of event organizers Beverage Trade Network, discussed the significance of having world-class sommeliers choose wines they think restaurant patrons will enjoy.

“The idea of the Sommeliers Choice Awards is to put the best judges forward to evaluate the best on-premise wines for the consumer,” Patel states in the news release. “We were very pleased with the quality of the wines we received in the first year of the competition.”

The 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards are one of a number of recognitions that Vara has received for its wines. Vara is a family of Spanish and American wines that celebrate the origins of the American wine experience because of its historical connection to Spain and New Mexico, according to the news release. Vara wines can be shipped directly to your door or can be enjoyed at its tasting room, at 315 Alameda NE. To order Vara wines or find more information, visit

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