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Sunset

Wine 2020 Guide

SUNSET celebrates your love of Western living. Discover new weekend and day trip destinations, inspiring homes and gardens, and fast and fresh recipes that highlight the West's great local ingredients. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Sunset Publishing Corporation
Fréquence:
Bimonthly
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1 min.
sunset the wine issue

Everyone has reason to raise a glass right now. Wine can be a welcome distraction. But it is also emblematic of our ability to transcend tragedy, to bounce back. Fires rage. Pests descend. Floods rise. And we rebuild. Our first ever wine issue* left us feeling energized by the boundless optimism and potential of American wine in the West. As we went to press, our friends and colleagues in wine country—with whom we’d normally be handling quotidian tasks such as fact-checking or final edits—were instead relaying tales from the front lines of a Napa ablaze. A funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse, however: The message that came back to us was one of resilience, not woe. Winemaking is a difficult business. It’s one of passion and hard…

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Q: Tell us about your approach to winemaking. Petar Kirilov: Our main focus at Kukeri Wines is the quality of our wines, being small gives us the opportunity to take that extra time to monitor the whole winemaking process and to make each of these unique Napa Cabs amazing. Q: During vinification, what is the primary focus for your Sunset award-winning wine? A: Making wine is a complex process. We add an extra three days of extended maceration to build more texture and intensity on this exceptional Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was then pressed and aged for 18 months on fine lees in 100% French oak barrels, of which 40% are new oak barrels. Q: What are your predictions for the wine industry? A: The last few years have been really challenging. This…

3 min.
best of the west

Standing on a ridge in the Mayacamas mountain range in Oakville, CA, the Promontory winery is part of Bill Harlan's portfolio of estates. First opened in 2017, the facility sits within 800 acres that Harlan pieced together over many years. It remains the only dedicated visitor experience offered by the winemaker and entrepreneur, whose other estates include Harlan, Bond, and The Mascot. We visited the Promontory winery to enjoy a tasting and learn how this bluechip facility was handling the experience during the COVID-19 era. Shown here are the french oak fermentation tanks in the Howard Backen-designed enclosure. Read on to learn more about this signature winery and more. REASON #1 Because private, safe tasting is possible Sip, Safely Jam-packed scenes full of influencers in knee-high boots flaunting mask rules weren't our thing even…

2 min.
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Sonoma-Cutrer For 39 years, Sonoma-Cutrer has earned a reputation of craftsmanship by steadfastly choosing quality over quantity. The winery is known for creating world-class wines by marrying together Burgundian traditions with Californian ingenuity and a deep appreciation for Sonoma Coast’s remarkable terroir. This allows for wines that embody the beauty and authenticity of both places. Its uncompromising methods of vineyard management, grape oversight and cellar maturation allow Sonoma-Cutrer to create wines unlike any other. Sonoma-Cutrer balances hard work and artistry, science and intuition, knowing and feeling to create some of the highest awarded wines in the country. sonomacutrer.com Sonoma-Cutrer 2017 Les Pierres Category: Chardonnay $40.01 - $75.00 Award: Gold Score: 91 Appellation: Sonoma Coast (Sonoma) Price: $42 Judges Tasting Notes: Crisp and clean from beginning to end. NICE! Sonoma-Cutrer 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir Category: Varietal Rosés Award: Gold Score: 92 Appellation:…

2 min.
supreme liters

Only a few years ago the liter sized bottle of wine was a rarity in the wine world: squat and broad shouldered, containing just a glass or two more than a standard 750 ml bottle with none of the awkward heft and self importance of a magnum and all that it connotes. You’d see them in the cold case of smart wine shops, often containing crisp grüner veltliner, sometimes sealed with a crown cap like a big bottle of beer but mostly topped with a stelvin style screw cap: all the better for quick access, quick resealing, and, blissfully, leak free storage on its side in the fridge. Those features make it stand head and shoulders above the 750 with its elaborate corking systems (fake or natural). As lovely and…

3 min.
choose your vessel wisely

Glassware is a polarizing topic in the wine world, with attitudes hewing to two common beliefs. In one, the finer the glass, the more elevated the experience. Why should fine wine be consumed in an inferior vessel? In the other, a pedestrian glass holds liquids just the same as a German-engineered status flagon. It’s more practical, too—the tool of winemakers drawing barrel samples, European families enjoying table wine, and so on. Which path do you choose? Our editors duke it out. Which side are you on—the elevated (ahem, elitist) or the everyman (ahem, declassé). The Elevated Imbiber I’m a chronic glass breaker. It’s a slightly embarrassing symptom of wanting my wine to taste its very best—and the fact of the matter is the best wine glasses tend to be the most fragile.…