The judges tasted. And tasted. And tasted. And now they’ve picked the winners in the West’s hottest wine competition.

Sunset  – September 27, 2021

Thousands of bottles. Hundreds of wineries. And 41 judges who had the unlucky task of selecting a handful for Best of Class honors in the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition. We’re kidding, of course, about the “unlucky” part—until it came down to choosing top honors, because that’s the one part that wasn’t easy. But in June, our expert panel—which consisted of winemakers, master sommeliers, wine journalists and others—sampled each entry in this year’s competition to pick the best red, white, rose, cider and more. Starting with Best of Show, here’s our comprehensive guide to the best wines of 2021.

Best of Show

Winery Wine Appellation Vintage Award
Miro Cuvee Sasha Mendocino 2019 Best of Show
The Mead Werks Fallen Cyser - Semi-Sweet Apple Mead Puget Sound NV Best of Show - Mead
Portland Cider Company Sorta Sweet; Modern Cider Oregon/Washington NV Best of Show - Cider
Husch Vineyards Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Anderson Valley 2017 Best of Show - Dessert/Late Harvest
Miro Cuvee Sasha Mendocino 2019 Best of Show - Red Wine
Roaming Dog
Cabernet Sauvignon Rose—Buy It!
Columbia Valley 2020 Best of Show - Rose Wine
Maison Jussiaume
Oeil de Perdrix Rose—Buy It!
Rogue Valley 2019 Best of Show - Sparkling Wine
Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand; Marlborough 2020 Best of Show - White Wine

Now that you’ve seen the best, check out the rest: