2014 Winery of the Year

Dear Friends,

Once in a generation there’s an honor that takes your breath away.

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Recently the prestigious New York-based food and drink mega-site TheDailyMeal.com chose Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery as its 2014 Winery of the Year. “For their passion and for their activism, but most of all for a long history of quietly making excellent wines at sensible prices, we name Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery as The Daily Meal’s first Winery of the Year,” TheDailyMeal says.

No other country in the world has access to such a wide range of bottles. Reflecting the availability of wines from just about everywhere on our wine shop shelves and restaurant wine lists, we threw the field open to the whole world. Our intent was to choose one property or enterprise, anywhere in the world, that has not only produced excellent wines consistently over a substantial period of time but has also served as an innovator and/or inspiration in the wine business, whether dynamically or simply by example.

“Singling out just one winery to honor from among the hundreds of thousands that exist around the world is a daunting task, but here’s our choice,” they say.

The nominees were Charles Smith Wines, Château Pontet-Canet, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Paul Mas, Linden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Smith-Madrone, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Taylor Fladgate and Tyrell’s Wines.

Smith-Madrone was included in this group “for creating, without fanfare, some of Napa Valley’s best wines for almost 45 years, for industry leadership in labeling reform, and for utilizing innovative vineyard techniques that have led the way for other producers,” according to TheDailyMeal.

“We would have happily given honors to any of these properties, but as it happened, the majority of number-one votes from our panelists went to a 44-year-old Napa Valley winery that is highly respected within the industry, though neither a household name nor the object of a cult following… Connoisseurs who really know California wine, though, tend to love them. The chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon regularly win gold medals around the country, and the winery’s exquisite riesling was named ‘Best Riesling in the World’ in 1979 at the International Wine Championships sponsored by France’s Gault-Millau magazine,” explains TheDailyMeal. 

The full article is great reading — it’s a thoughtful piece of reporting with lots of detail.

Here is other coverage from TheDailyMeal: Gabe Sasso in this piece about visiting the winerythis on the Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon and this as well, and this post from Anne Montgomery.

Why not add some Smith-Madrone to your cellar? Current releases available for order:  2013 Riesling, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Cook’s Flat Reserve.

We send you our best wishes for a lovely spring.

Thanks and enjoy,

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