The Winners of the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition
The judges tasted. And tasted. And tasted. And now they’ve picked the winners in the West’s hottest wine competition.
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
|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|
Cabernet Sauvignon Rose—Buy It!
|Columbia Valley||2020||Best of Show - Rose Wine|
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: