Every year, F&W editors and a panel of wine experts select the best American wines from under and over $20 in eight categories, from Sauvignon Blanc to Syrah. This year’s list of winners, which is featured in the October 2007 issue, is packed with many unexpected choices, including a top Chardonnay from Oregon.
“Food & Wine’s American Wine Award list is an invaluable wine-buying resource,” says Cowin. “I use it to know what to buy in a store, as well as to stay on top of the emerging trends.”
Cowin adds, This year, we noticed three major trends. More and more winemakers are using purchased grapes rather than estate-grown fruit for more flexibility and greater value; for the first time ever an unoaked Chardonnay came out on top; and Napa and Sonoma continue to see more competition from up-and-coming wine regions like Santa Inez.