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

The Winners of the 2021 Sunset International 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

MiroCuvee SashaMendocino2019Best of Show
The Mead WerksFallen Cyser - Semi-Sweet Apple MeadPuget SoundNVBest of Show - Mead
Portland Cider CompanySorta Sweet; Modern CiderOregon/WashingtonNVBest of Show - Cider
Husch VineyardsLate Harvest GewurztraminerAnderson Valley2017Best of Show - Dessert/Late Harvest
MiroCuvee SashaMendocino2019Best of Show - Red Wine
Roaming Dog
Cabernet Sauvignon Rose—Buy It!
Columbia Valley2020Best of Show - Rose Wine
Maison Jussiaume
Oeil de Perdrix Rose—Buy It!
Rogue Valley2019Best of Show - Sparkling Wine
ForefathersSauvignon BlancNew Zealand; Marlborough2020Best of Show - White Wine

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