Winery of the Year
Nine famous winemakers create bottlings from Long Shadow’s vineyards.
Some people don’t grasp the concept of retirement. By the time Allen Shoup stepped away from a distinguished 20-year career as CEO of Washington state wine giant Stimson Lane (owner of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest), he was already at work on a new venture. Shoup’s groundbreaking new Long Shadows is devoted to producing luxury wines from Washington vineyards in partnership with international winemaking superstars (i.e., people who cast long shadows). Among the bottlings are the Sangiovese blend Saggi, from Tuscany’s Folonari family; the Cabernet blend Pirouette, from Napa’s Philippe Melka; and the Syrah Sequel, from Australia’s John Duval (formerly winemaker at Penfolds). The wines are all produced at a state-of-the-art facility in Walla Walla—where a superstar may even be spotted from time to time.
Best Wines $20 and Under
2006 Westerly Vineyards ($19)
California’s Santa Ynez Valley is no longer a secret, though Happy Canyon, on its southern perimeter, is still pretty unknown. Thanks to warm days and cool nights, it’s the perfect place to produce wines like this delightfully vibrant Sauvignon, packed with lively melon and grapefruit flavors.