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Hosted midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast event will celebrate the beauty and bounty of this unspoiled region of California in an incredible four-day event. Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast will showcase the talents of the areas winemakers, chefs, lavender growers, and artisanal food producers. Sunset’s expert editors and renowned celebrity chefs will be guiding attendees through culinary tours, winemaker dinners, wine blending seminars, historic excursions, and culinary showcases. Click here for more information 

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Sunset Western Wine Awards 2011 Finalists

Sunset is proud to announce the finalists for the 2011 Western Wine Awards! Winners will be announced at the Western Wine Awards Dinner and Gala during Sunset Savor the Central Coast on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at Pismo Pier. We invite you to join us!


  • The top ten bottles in Sunset's Wine Awards

    2011 Sunset Western Wine Awards Dinner and Gala

    Join Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider and Sunset Editor-in-Chief Katie Tamony for one of the weekend’s most anticipated events. The Sunset Western Wine Awards are recognized as the highest honor for Western winemakers and focus solely on wines produced in the West. Sunset’s panel of professional judges includes Western wine writers, sommeliers, and winemakers. At this festive dinner and awards ceremony, you’ll get to sip the award-winning wines and meet their award-winning winemakers. Hosted by the City of Pismo Beach on the historic Pismo Beach Pier, the event features tantalizing, locally grown fare paired with wines that have been nominated for a Sunset Western Wine Award. Category winners will be announced throughout the evening.


Panel of Judges for Final Tasting

$15 and under


Clayhouse 2010 "Adobe Pink" (Central Coast)

Gruet Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico (Lower Rio Grande, New Mexico)

Liberty School 2009 Chardonnay (Central Coast)


Hahn 2009 Syrah (Central Coast)

Project Paso 2009 Red Wine Blend (Paso Robles)

Waterbrook 2008 Merlot (Columbia Valley)


$16 to $25


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 "Eroica" Riesling (Columbia Valley)

King Estate 2009 Domaine Pinot Gris (Oregon)

Navarro 2010 Estate Dry Gewürztraminer (Anderson Valley)


Beckmen 2009 "Cuvée le Bec" (Santa Ynez Valley)

Porter Creek 2009 Old Vine Carignane (Mendocino County)

Qupé 2009 Syrah (Central Coast)


$26 to $40


Ponzi 2008 Reserve Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)

Robert Sinskey 2010 Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard "Abraxas" Vin de Terroir (Los Carneros)

Tablas Creek 2009 "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc" (Paso Robles)


Andrew Murray Vineyards 2008 "Espérance" (Central Coast)

Saddleback Cellars 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley)

St. Innocent 2009 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley)

Stone Edge Farm 2007 "Surround" Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)


$41 to $60


Shafer 2009 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay (Carneros, Napa Valley)

Suacci Carciere 2008 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

Woodward Canyon 2010 Chardonnay (Washington State)


Chehalem 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

Peay 2008 "Les Titans" Syrah (Sonoma Coast)

Villa Creek 2009 "Willow Creek Cuvée" Grenache Blend (Paso Robles)


$61 and over


Bergström 2009 "Sigrid" Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)

Robert Mondavi Winery 2009 To Kalon Vineyard "I Block" Fumé Blanc (Oakville)

Schramsberg 2004 "J. Schram" Brut (North Coast)


Anomaly 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena, Napa Valley)

Domaine Drouhin 2007 "Laurène" Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

Gramercy 2009 "John Lewis" Syrah (Walla Walla Valley)

Rubicon 2007 Cabernet Blend (Rutherford, Napa Valley)


Sommelier of the Year

Dawn Smith, Cafe Juanita, Seattle

Bobby Stuckey, Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder

Terry Threlfall, Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver, BC


Winery Tasting Room of the Year 

Most Beautiful:   

Colene Clemens, Willamette Valley

Denner, Paso Robles

Copain, Sonoma County

Best for Spending a Whole Day:   

Conn Creek, Napa Valley

Medlock Ames, Sonoma County

Raymond, Napa Valley

Most Entertaining:   

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Sonoma County

Kaz Vineyard & Winery, Sonoma County

Sarloos & Sons, Los Olivos


Winemaker of the Year

Caleb Foster, Buty, Walla Walla

Isabelle Meunier, Evening Land, Oregon

Vanessa Wong, Peay, Sonoma Coast


Lifetime Achievement Award

Allen Shoup, Long Shadows, Washington




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