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American Wine Awards

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 at 11:39 am in Uncategorized.

What a scene last night at the De Young Museum! Food & Wine Magazine hosted the 10th Annual American Wine Awards to an invite-only group of 200-300. Think the Oscars, but way more casual. I’m going to list the winners here and then report back with juicy tidbits on the evening’s festivities, including food and people sightings. But first, the envelope please:

Best New Winery: Sea Smoke, Santa Barbara County

Winemaker of the Year: Bob Levy, Napa

Best Bordeaux-Style Blend: 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia ($150), Napa

Of the best wines under $20 (there were 7 winners), Cliff Lede’s 2004 Sauvignon Blanc stuck out. Crisp, fresh and green peppery. And the Red Car Boxcar Syrah, on the lighter side of most syrahs, but well-balanced and powerful all at once.

Of the best over $20 (also seven winners), where do I begin? The 2003 Etude Heirloom pinot noir blew my brains. So smooth and rich, almost like a syrah it was hearty. Also the 2003 Behrens & Hitchcock Chien Lunatique. Smoky and heavy, like steak in a glass. Beautiful.

Check back for details on the party. 

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