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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different types of white wine
Photo by Jeffery Cross

Trend: Anything But Chardonnay

The ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) movement’s catching on. Introduce yourself to one of these special alternatives.

The lighter-white flight:

  • Thistle 2009 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills; $15)
  • A to Z 2008 Pinot Gris (Oregon; $13)
  • Fidélitas 2008 “Optu” Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon (Columbia Valley; $30)
The richer-white flight:

  • Saxon Brown 2007 Casa Santinamaria Vineyards Semillon (Sonoma Valley; $30)
  • Jorian Hill 2008 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley; $30)
  • Donelan Family 2008 “Venus” Roussanne/Viognier (Sonoma; $50)

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