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

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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




Sauvignon Blanc

2001 St. Supéry

2000 Rochioli Russian River


2000 Columbia Crest Grand Estates

1999 Beringer Sbragia Limited-Release


2001 Hogue Cellars

2001 Eroica


1998 Waterbrook

1999 Swanson

Pinot Noir

2000 Saintsbury Garnet

1999 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch


1999 Ravenswood Vintners Blend

1999 Robert Biale Monte Rosso


2000 Renwood Sierra Series

1999 Shafer Vineyards Relentless

Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Chateau Ste. Michelle

1998 Quilceda Creek

Bordeaux-Style Blend


1998 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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