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F&W Selects Best American Wines

05-Sep-2007
This is straight from the horse’s mouth….   Congratulations to Long Shadows!  I had the opportunity to taste several of their wines about a year ago and was really impressed.  Currently most are in limited production but I’m sure that will be changing, at least somewhat, over time.  I’m also very happy to see one of Oregon’s Chardonnays make the list.  They are doing some great things with Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, which I think has been a bit of a surprise to everyone! 
 
 
FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE SELECTS BEST AMERICAN WINES
IN PRESTIGIOUS ANNUAL AWARDS

New York, NY (September 5, 2007) – Long Shadows in Washington State was named Winery of the Year in Food & Wine magazine’s 10th annual American Wine Awards, Editor in Chief Dana Cowin announced today. Every year, F&W editors and a panel of wine experts select the best American wines from under and over $20 in eight categories, from Sauvignon Blanc to Syrah. This year’s list of winners, which is featured in the October 2007 issue, is packed with many unexpected choices, including a top Chardonnay from Oregon.  

“Food & Wine’s American Wine Award list is an invaluable wine-buying resource,” says Cowin. “I use it to know what to buy in a store, as well as to stay on top of the emerging trends.”

Cowin adds, “This year, we noticed three major trends. More and more winemakers are using purchased grapes rather than estate-grown fruit for more flexibility and greater value; for the first time ever an unoaked Chardonnay came out on top; and Napa and Sonoma continue to see more competition from up-and-coming wine regions like Santa Inez.”

       

FOOD & WINE AMERICAN WINE AWARDS 2007

WINERY OF THE YEAR:  Long Shadows in Walla Walla, Washington

WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR:  Robert Foley at Robert Foley Vineyards in Napa, California

WINE IMPORTER OF THE YEAR:  Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, California

BEST WINES $20 AND UNDER:                        
·        Sauvignon Blanc:  2006 Westerly Vineyards ($19)
·        Chardonnay: 2006 Chehalem Inox ($19)
·        Pinot Noir: 2005 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Country ($20)
·        Merlot: 2004 Praxis ($15)
·        Cabernet Sauvignon: 2004 Edge ($20)
·        Zinfandel: 2005 Joel Gott California ($17)
·        Syrah: 2005 Andrew Murray Vineyards Tous Les Jours ($16)
       
BEST WINES OVER $20:
·        Sauvignon Blanc:  2006 Rochioli ($35)
·        Chardonnay: 2004 hdv Carneros ($55)
·        Pinot Noir: 2003 Calera Selleck ($60)
·        Merlot: 2004 Shafer Napa Valley ($45)
·        Cabernet Sauvignon: 2004 Shafer Vineyards One Point Five  ($65)
·        Zinfandel: 2005 Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken ($40)
·        Syrah: 2005 Alban Vineyards Reva ($74)
·        Bordeaux-Style Blend: 2003 Rubicon Estate Rubicon ($115)

The winners will be celebrated at a party at the de Young Museum in San Francisco on October 10.  

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