Coyote Oaks Vineyards

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Winemaker and Owner - Karen Sherman


After graduating from Cal State University, Fullerton with a Biology degree, Karen pursued a career in the medical field. Karen retired from her 35 year medical career to pursue her passionate interest in winemaking.

Karen planted her vineyard in 2006 and started making wine as an amateur winemaker with purchased grapes. The first wine produced from the vineyards was in 2009.   In 2010 Coyote Oaks Vineyards became a bonded winery.

Awards as Commercial Winemaker:

2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2013 Furry Friend, Gold Medal
2014 Two Vineyards, Silver Medal
2014 Carnivore, Silver Medal
Predator (NV), Silver Medal

2016 Toast of the Coast:
2014 Montepulciano, Double Gold, Best of San Diego County and Best Montepulciano
2013 Furry Lips (blended red Italian) Silver Medal
2013 Dancing Dog (blended red) Silver Medal
2013 Party Pack (blended red) Silver Medal

2015 Toast of the Coast:
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc, Silver Medal, Best Cabernet Franc
2010 Twisted Tail, Silver Medal
2012 Smoochy Poochy, Late Harvest, Bronze Medal
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bronze Medal

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:
2010 Twisted Tail  Silver Medal
2011 Mongrel Magic  Bronze Medal

2015 Orange County Wine Society, Inc., Commercial Wine Competition:
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Medal
2010 Twisted Tail, Silver Medal
2010 Nocturnal Madness, Silver Medal
2011 Mongrel Magic, Silver Medal
2010 Syrah, Silver Medal
2011 Estate Cabernet Franc, Bronze Medal
2012 Smoochy Poochy, Late Harvest, Bronze Medal

2014 Toast of the Coast:
2010 Syrah Gold, Best of San Diego County and Best Syrah
2010 Pinotage, Gold, Best Pinotage
The Beggar, Silver
2009 Bow-Wow-Zah!!!  Silver

2011 Estate Cabernet Franc Bronze
2012 Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, Bronze

Awards as Amateur Winemaker:

In 2007 awards for 2006 Nebbiolo, Del Mar - 5th

In 2008 awards for 2007 Sangiovese, Del Mar - 4th

In 2009 awards for 2008 Syrah, Orange County - Gold, Del Mar - Bronze

In 2009 awards for 2008 Montepulciano, Orange County - Bronze

In 2010 awards for 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon,  California State - 3rd


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