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THE DAILY MEAL WINERY AWARDS

THE DAILY MEAL WINERY AWARDS

the daily meal [1]The Daily Meal is a website http://www.thedailymeal.com/ [2] with a wide range of articles including food, wine, cooking, recipes, drink, travel, entertainment, and restaurants. It was launched in January 2011. The Daily Meal is under the editorial direction of Colman Andrews. I have known Colman for many years. And, we have a lot of things in common when it comes to wine and food. Colman has had a distinguished career in the wine and food industry. He is a co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine and also has received eight James Beard Awards and authored numerous cookbooks.

The Daily Meal articles are produced by editors, industry insiders, and the user community. The Daily Meal also produces annual reports featuring many best in category lists. Included in the annual best in category lists are two wine awards: Winery of the Year and 101 Best Wineries in America. These lists were launched in 2014. The Winery of the Year award cites only a single winery with two runners-up and looks at a number of factors beyond wine quality including influence in the industry, environmental activism, and championing of underrated varietals. The 101 Best Wineries in America looks at the quality of the wines produced. Mostly this is quality over a long period of time with the exception of some wineries that make a stunning debut.

The awards are compiled based on recommendations from experts in the field — sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateurs, along with wine-savvy editors at The Daily Meal. Here is a list of respondents (with the notation that some respondents prefer to remain anonymous) as described by The Daily Meal: regular wine writers for The Daily Meal like Roger Morris [3], Gabe Sasso [4], and Andrew Chalk [5]; John Tilson of The Underground Wine Letter [6]; wine writer and wine bar proprietor Keith Beavers [7]; chef–restaurateur Daniel Boulud [8] and Daniel Johannes, corporate wine director for Boulud’s Dinex Group [9]; chef–restaurateur and Daily Meal contributor Norman Van Aken [10]; sommelier, wine educator, and wine blogger Elizabeth Schneider [11]Cathy Mantuano [12], wine director at the Chicago Art Institute’s Terzo Piano [13]; and Julian Mayor, head sommelier at Bourbon Steak in the Washington, D.C., Four Seasons Hotel [14].

Here are the wine awards to date (click on the title to view the entire article):

WINERY OF THE YEAR 2014 [15] 

Smith Madrone  Napa, California

Honorable Mention:
Domaine de La Romanée Conti  Vosne Romanée, France
Tablas Creek Vineyard  Paso Robles, California

 

WINERY OF THE YEAR 2015 [16] 

Tablas Creek Vineyard  Paso Robles, California

Honorable Mention:
Ridge Vineyards  Cupertino, California
Craggy Range Vineyards  Havelock North, New Zealand

 

101 BEST WINERIES IN AMERICA 2014 [17] 

#1 Ridge Vineyards  Cupertino, California
#2 Au Bon Climat Winery  Santa Maria, California
#3 Calera Wine Company  Mt. Harlan, California
#4 Littorai Wines  Sebastapol, California
#5 Woodward Canyon Winery  Lowden, Washington [18]

 

101 BEST WINERIES IN AMERICA 2015 [19] 

#1 Tablas Creek Vineyard  Paso Robles, California
#2 Ridge Vineyards  Cupertino, California [20]
#3 Au Bon Climat Winery  Santa Maria, California
#4 Calera Wine Company  Mt. Harlan, California

#5 Woodward Canyon Winery  Lowden, Washington [18]

These wineries represent some of the very best wineries in America and the world. The lists include many that are long time favorites of The Underground and many are located in California’s Central Coast area (to read about these wines click here [21]).

Tablas Creek Vineyard located in Paso Robles has been Winery of the Year 2015, #1 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2015, and Honorable Mention Winery of the Year 2014.

Tablas Creek Vineyard winery sign [22]

(To read more about Tablas Creek click here [23])

Ridge Vineyards located in Cupertino has been #1 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2014, #2 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2015, and Honorable Mention Winery of the Year 2015.

Ridge Vineyards logo [24]

(To read more about Ridge click here [25])

Au Bon Climat located in Santa Maria has been #2 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2014 and #3 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2015.

Au bon climat [26]

(To read more about Au Bon Climat click here [27])

Calera Wine Company located in Mt. Harlan has been #3 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2014 and #4 of the 101 Best Wineries in America 2015.

Calera logo 1 [28]

(To read more about Calera click here [29])

This is a simply amazing showing for an area that is still relatively unknown to a lot of wine consumers. For those in the know it is a real opportunity. And, there are many other great wines on these lists that also deserve your attention. Take some time and go through the lists. I think you will be well rewarded. And also spend some time on The Daily Meal website http://www.thedailymeal.com/ [2] where you will find a wealth of information on all aspects of wine, drink, and food.

In Vino Veritas,Sig

John Tilson