Behind the scenes of Sunset's Western Wine Awards 2007

Meet the judges, learn how we chose, and read our list of nominated wines

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GOOD VALUE WINE OF THE YEAR ($15 TO $30)

SPARKLING

Gloria Ferrer "Royal Cuvée" Brut 2000 (Carneros; $28)
 Scharffenberger Brut NV (Mendocino County; $19)
 Roederer Brut Rosé NV (Anderson Valley; $26)

WHITE

Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2006 (Willamette Valley; $19)
 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris 2006 (Russian River Valley; $20)
 Morgan R&D Franscioni Vineyard Pinot Gris 2006 (Santa Lucia Highlands; $18)
 WillaKenzie Pinot Gris 2005 (Willamette Valley; $18)
 Cambiata Albariño 2005 (Monterey; $20)
 *Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Napa Valley; $18)
 Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Napa Valley; $16)
 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Russian River Valley; $27)
 Schweiger Uboldi Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Sonoma Valley; $20)
 Six Sigma Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Lake County; $20)
 St. Supèry Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Napa Valley; $20)
 L'Ecole No 41 Fries Vineyard Semillon 2005 (Wahluke Slope; $20)
 Alban Viognier 2005 (Central Coast; $24)
 Calera "30th Anniversary" Viognier 2005 (Mt. Harlan; $28)
 Tablas Creek "Côtes de Tablas Blanc" white Rhône blend 2005 (Paso Robles; $20)
 Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard white Rhône blend 2004 (Central Coast; $25)
 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2005 (Horse Heaven Hills; $22)
 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Alexander Valley; $25)
 Chehalem "Inox" Chardonnay 2006 (Willamette Valley; $19)
 Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005 (Napa Valley; $22)
 Foley "Steel" Chardonnay 2005 (Sta. Rita Hills; $18)
 Lioco Stuhlmuller Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Alexander Valley; $25)
 Morgan "Metallico" Chardonnay 2006 (Monterey; $22)
 Mount Eden Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Edna Valley; $18)
 Talley Oliver's Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Edna Valley; $26)
 Dunham Cellars "Four Legged White" Riesling/Chardonnay 2006 (Columbia Valley; $19)
 Robert Sinskey "Abraxas" Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard Vin de Terroir white blend 2006 (Carneros; $29)
 Amity Riesling 2005 (Willamette Valley; $18)
 Belle Pente Riesling 2005 (Willamette Valley; $18)
 Brooks "Ara" Riesling 2005 (Willamette Valley; $22)
 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Riesling 2006 (Columbia Valley; $18)
 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen "Eroica" Riesling 2006 (Columbia Valley; $22)
 Lazy Creek Riesling 2005 (Anderson Valley; $23)
 Lazy River Private Lumpkin Riesling 2006 (Yamhill-Carlton District; $18)
 Pey-Marin "The Shell Mound" Riesling 2006 (Marin County; $22)
 Poet's Leap Riesling 2005 (Columbia Valley; $20)
 Clay Station Viognier 2005 (Lodi; $16)

RED

Benton-Lane Pinot Noir 2005 (Willamette Valley; $25)
 Edna Valley Paragon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (Edna Valley; $20)
 La Crema Pinot Noir 2005 (Sonoma Coast; $22)
 L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Schatz Vineyard Barbera 2004 (Lodi; $16)
 Parador Rancho Chimiles Vineyard Tempranillo 2003 (Napa Valley; $28)
 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Clone Zinfandel 2005 (Sonoma County; $16)
 Edmeades Ciapusci Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 (Mendocino Ridge; $25)
 Haywood Los Chamizal Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 (Sonoma Valley; $20)
 Murphy-Goode "Liar's Dice" Zinfandel 2004 (Sonoma County; $20)
 Navarro "Old Vine Cuvée" Zinfandel 2004 (Mendocino; $27)
 Rodney Strong Reserve Zinfandel 2004 (Sonoma County; $30)
 Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel 2004 (Mendocino County; $18 )
 Andrew Murray "Tous les Jours" Syrah 2005 (Central Coast; $16)
 Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 2004 (Paso Robles; $20)
 Edna Valley Vineyard Syrah 2004 (Central Coast; $16)
 JC Cellars "California Cuvée" Syrah 2005 (California; $25)
 *Truchard Syrah 2003 (Carneros, Napa Valley; $28)
 Helix by Reininger Merlot 2004 (Columbia Valley $22)
 Gordon Brothers Merlot 2005 (Columbia Valley; $18)
 Kendall-Jackson "Grand Reserve" Merlot 2004 (Sonoma and Napa Counties; $26)
 Cline Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2004 (Contra Costa County; $16)
 Hahn Meritage 2005 (Central Coast; $20)
 Sebastiani "Secolo" Bordeaux blend 2004 (Sonoma County; $35)
 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc 2005 (Columbia Valley; $25)
 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Columbia Valley; $18)
 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Napa Valley; $24)
 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Alexander Valley; $25)
 Rosenblum Heritage Clones Petite Sirah 2005 (San Francisco Bay; $18)

 

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