Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors


Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions.

Gen 7’s 2012 Chardonnay won a double gold medal in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, besting more than 5,800 wines entered this year. The contest is the largest domestic wine competition in the United States, with wines evaluated by 65 professional wine judges.

Additionally, two of his wines won top awards at The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition in Sacramento. The Gen 7 2013 Rosé scored 91 points and earned a Best in Class. The Vaché 1832 Zinfandel scored 94 points and Best in Class. The Vaché wine is available only to wine club members and is poured exclusively at Mille Fleurs restaurant.

The California State Fair competition consisted of 2,829 entries from 746 wine companies. Started in 1855, it is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine events in the country.

Gen 7 is gearing up to hold its third annual Fall Release Party from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26 in Rancho Santa Fe at a location to be determined. The event will feature authentic Octoberfest German cuisine with the “perfect” wine pairings. The tickets are $45 and reservations must be made in advance. To join the Gen 7 wine club or for information, visit


— Karen Billing