Against the advice of my Millennial son (see Our Story/Winemaking), I entered VR Sangiovese in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. (Anyone who wants to know why he advised against this has to ask me privately. My significant other would sigh and say -- again -- "the triumph of hope over experience.") Villa Ragazzi won a silver medal, which some people would say is like kissing your sister or getting anything less than a 94 from certain wine critics. If we'd won a gold medal, all of you would have had a chance to taste this lovely wine at the Feb 18 tasting at Fort Mason. On the bright side, there were no higher awards for Napa Valley Sangiovese, and the "Best of" award for the pink wine category went to a Rosé of Sangiovese (not Pinot Noir, not Cabernet, not Grenache, not Merlot, not...anything else red) from Washington State.