Hundreds of bottles of wine were tasted (and tasted and tasted). These were the judges’ picks.

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It’s a wonderful, wide, wide world of wine and each year we host the Sunset International Wine Competition to steer you to bottles worth seeking out. We assembled an esteemed panel of judges and tasted our way through hundreds of bottles that collectively represent what’s being produced through the West and beyond. And then we awarded the medals. The wines and wineries listed here deliver incredible flavor, the highest production standards, and, above all, deliciousness in the glass. Cheers to the deserving winners who have earned their place in this directory of exceptional wines!

Brecon Estate
2022 Albariño—Buy It!
2022Central CoastBest of the Best; Best of Show - White Wine
Husch VineyardsMuscat Canelli2022MendocinoBest of Show - Dessert/Late Harvest
Sojourn CellarsBrut SparklingNVSonoma CountyBest of Show - Sparkling Wine
Trentadue Winery - La StoriaMerlot2020Alexander ValleyBest of Show - Red Wine
Trinchero Family Estates - SEAGLASSRose2021Monterey CountyBest of Show - Rosé Wine

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