Beefeater wins top Wine Star Awards nod
And, not that it needed another accolade to burnish its centuries-old reputation, but the Rhône Valley of southeastern France was named "2010 Wine Region of the Year."
According to the editors of The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, who made the selection, the Rhône Valley’s excellent vintages and quality work made it the first French region to be so honored in the history of the awards.
"When we considered its recent string of top vintages and growing environmental stewardship, it emerged as a clear favorite choice … ," said Joe Czerwinski, the magazine’s senior editor and tasting director, said of the Rhône award.
The valley, located along the Rhône River between Lyon and Avignon, is known for crafting one of the world’s most diverse collection. It has more than 6,000 vineyards and produces about 400 million bottles of wine every year, reaching out to approximately 150 countries, as per 2009 figures. Currently, the U.S. is the second largest export market for Rhône Valley wines.
The full list of Wine Star Awards:
• Distiller of the Year
Cooper Spirits (St-Germain)
• Wine Region of the Year
Rhône Valley (France)
Ribera Del Duero (Spain)
Russian River Valley (California)
Willamette Valley (Oregon)
• American Winery of the Year
Barefoot (Modesto, CA)
Hermann J. Weimer (Finger Lakes, NY)
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (San Jose, CA)
Pacific Rim (Columbia Valley, WA)
Shafer Vineyards (Napa Valley, CA)
• Winemaker of the Year
Frederic Bonnaffous and Guillaume Pouthier, Dourthe (France)
Bob Cabral, Williams Selyem (California)
Genevieve Janssens, Robert Mondavi Winery (California)
Zelma Long, Vilafonte, (South Africa)
Phillipe Melka, Melka Wines (California)
• European Winery of the Year
Gérard Bertrand (France)
Louis Latour (France)
Viña Sastre (Spain)
• New World Winery of the Year
Bodega Catena Zapata (Argentina)
Craggy Range (New Zeland)
DGB (South Africa)
Viña San Pedro (Chile)
• Importer of the Year
Fine Estates From Spain
• Retailer of the Year
Bounty Hunter (Napa Valley)
Sherry-Lehmann (New York)
Stew Leonard’s (NY, NJ, CT)
Trader Joe’s (nationwide)
Vino Volo (airports nationwide)
• Innovator of the Year
Hall Winery (California)
Alain Juppé (France)
Libera Terra (Sicily)
The New Zealand Wine Industry
• Restaurateur of the Year
Tom Colicchio (New York)
Tyler Florence (California)
Danny Meyer (New York)
Michael Mina (California and nationwide)
Gordon Ramsay (worldwide)
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Posted by William M. Dowd at 2:15 PM