Yolo Rum Takes Gold at San Diego Spirits Fest

After multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and San Diego Spirits Fest, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition, Yolo Rum Silver took home a Bronze Medal.

“I guess these medals show that master rum blender Don Pancho Fernandez knows what he’s doing,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin.

“But, seriously, Yolo Rum is a tremendous value considering it is a highly decorated boutique spirit. It seems like the more prestigious the competition, the higher we place.”


Held in early spring at the Hotel Nikko, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the premier events of its kind, attracting entrants and attendees from all over the world. This year, over two thousand entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America, SFWSC judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the competition.

Continuing an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions, this win puts Yolo Rum’s international medal count at 21. Yolo Rum has also received multiple wins from the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add two more medals to their crowded trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo, Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to a high art.


Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at an exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

According to Yolo Rum: “From the hands of master distiller and rum blender, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez to you. “Don Pancho” is the world’s most respected and honored “ronero”. Born in Cuba, where he began his quest for the perfect rum, he has gone on to receive hundreds of awards and has been acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft.”


“Yolo Rum, founded in Denver, Colorado, has established a partnership with the world’s premium rum producer, in Panama. It is a unique pairing that benefits rum aficionados searching for the ultimate rum experience. Now, directly from the master rum blender “ronero” Don Pancho, Yolo Rum is proud to introduce Yolo Rum Gold, Yolo Rum Silver, and Yolo Rum Clear. Yolo Rum has been created to meet a growing demand for quality rums in an exploding market. They are the perfect marriage of an ancient craft and modern tastes.”

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