Sunset's 2010 Western Wine Awards

After this year’s grand taste-off, 40 bottles rose to the top. Plus we found the people and places that are changing what we’re drinking

2010's top wine trends

The people and places that are changing the wine scene in the West

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red wine blend
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Trend: Wine blends

The French have been blending varieties for centuries; now more and more vintners here are making better wines this way. These three Bordeaux blends will convince you that mixing it up is a good thing.

  • Waterbrook 2007 Merlot-Cabernet (Columbia Valley; $11) 
56% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Townshend Non-vintage “Vortex Red” (Columbia Valley; $15) 
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

  • Justin 2007 “Isosceles” (Paso Robles; $62)
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot

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