Elias Fernandez of Shafer Vineyards named Winemaker of the Year, Cayuse Vineyards chosen as most promising

Food & Wine
October 17, 2011

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New York, NY (September 6, 2002) – Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine, announces the winners of the sixth annual American Wine Awards. These awards honor the best wines both under and over $20 and name the winemaker of the year, the most promising new winery, the best importer and the best new wine shop. Details about the winners are included in Food & Wine's special October wine issue, on newsstands September 17.

Dana Cowin says, "Our annual wine awards make the daunting task of picking an outstanding bottle easy for our readers. And they highlight important trends. This year's list, for instance, proves that Washington State's winemakers are really making a name for themselves, with seven awards going to that region."

WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: Elias Fernandez, Shafer Vineyards in Napa, CA
MOST PROMISING NEW WINERY: Cayuse Vineyards in Walla Walla, WA
BEST NEW WINE SHOP: Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore, MD
BEST WINE IMPORTER: Mannie Berk, The Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma, CA

 BEST WINES UNDER $20BEST WINES OVER $20
Sauvignon Blanc2001 St. Supéry2000 Rochioli Russian River
Chardonnay2000 Columbia Crest Grand Estates1999 Beringer Sbragia Limited-Release
Riesling2001 Hogue Cellars2001 Eroica
Merlot1998 Waterbrook1999 Swanson
Pinot Noir2000 Saintsbury Garnet1999 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch
Zinfandel1999 Ravenswood Vintners Blend1999 Robert Biale Monte Rosso
Syrah2000 Renwood Sierra Series1999 Shafer Vineyards Relentless
Cabernet Sauvignon1999 Chateau Ste. Michelle1998 Quilceda Creek
Bordeaux-Style BlendN/A1998 Joseph Phelps Insignia



The winners of this year's American Wine Awards will be honored at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, October 3rd at ACME Chophouse in San Francisco, CA.


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