2021 Sunset International Wine Competition Awards: Best Red and Best of Show to 2019 Miro Cellars Cuvée Sasha Grenache/Syrah, Chevalier Vineyard, Mendocino
Best White goes to 2020 Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ; Best Rosé to 2020 Roaming Dog Cabernet Rosé, Columbia Valley, WA; Best Sparkling to 2019 Maison Jussiaume Oeil de Perdrix, Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon; Best Dessert to 2017 Husch Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Anderson Valley, Mendocino
Santa Rosa, California — With a record number of entries, the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition awarded Best of Show Rosé went to the 2020 Roaming Dog Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, which has 1% Malbec to juice up the strawberry and cherry flavors, $15, 98 points. It hailed from the Columbia Valley of Washington.
Debra Del Fiorentino, President of Wine Competitions Production & Management (WCP&M), who owns and operates the Sunset International Wine Competition, said, “Once again, we are grateful for the support of the local county Health Department in allowing us to safely run this competition for the past two years. We are also very appreciative of all the wineries that entered wine from all over the globe. This year, there were 52 new wineries participating. We noticed an uptick in entries in both the rosé and unoaked Chardonnay categories, as well as in blends of all kinds. The judges had some very difficult decisions to make when faced with those final 33 entries!”
2020 Roaming Dog Cabernet Sauvigon Rosé: Double Gold Best of Class, Best of Show Rosé Wine, 98pts
2020 Dixie & Bass Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé: Gold, 94pts
2020 Dixie & Bass Sauvignon Blanc: Double Gold, 97pts
2020 Aquilini Wines Sauvignon Blanc: Gold, 91pts