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December 23, 2010
Top Wineries & their Wines of 2010... & Matching One of Three Wines!
At WineMatch, there are only winners. We had a tough time putting together a list of some of the best the United States has to offer. I am proud of these wineries, the quality people behind them, and their contributions to both wine and core values, which all of these folks exhibited.

We chose a format that we think makes sense as the wineries and the wines truly go hand in hand. So we present the wineries with their offerings that make them truly stand apart. Simply click on the winery name, and it will take you to their wines. The ones with the are our special selections, true standouts in their class and were all profiled this calendar year. The number in parentheses indicates how many of their wines shine in our humble estimation!

DeLille Cellars (6) of Woodinville, WA. Top Winery of the Year. A truly amazing winery, with a portfolio of Bordeaux blends we have found to be unequalled. A perfect storm of the people, the soil, the vineyards, with grower Jim Holmes of Red Mountain AVA. The winemaker, Chris Upchurch is well-focused on the end product. Read the article here.

Riverbench (7) of Santa Maria, CA is acknowledged for knocking the local fruit out of the park and some incredible folks there as well! Laura is always ready to help, but take our advice and try the Bedrock unoaked Chardonnay and Mesa Pinot Noir. The Rosé of Pinot Noir is superb as well! Winemaker Chuck Ortman does an incredible job here.

Artesa (6) of Napa, CA for consistent excellence in wine quality, and now with their Ridgeline offerings - wow! With their Spanish Cordorniu roots, they also offer a Tempranillo that's really top notch! Their reserves and limited releases should be your first hint of something special from winemaker Mark Beringer.

Eagle Castle (3) of Paso Robles, CA for making a really super Petite Sirah, courtesy of winemaker Patrick Davies. The castle is pretty cool too! Look for these folks in 2011 as they are sure to rise!

Ceja Vineyards(1) of Napa, CA for the cool family vibe, properly marrying the food component so well, and for maximizing the Carneros potential, while providing great value. Most exciting is their new presence in sparkling wines, with Blanc de Noir and Brut offerings. Look for Amelia and family to make Ceja a household name - it is in mine!

Brutocao Cellars (6) of Hopland, CA for offerings brought to you by some super family heritage. Great wines, good price points. Hosting both Brutocao and Bliss brands, with estate property in Andersen Valley. We especially like their Zinfandel and Primitivo, but don't overlook the Bliss Schoolhouse Red!

Del Rio Vineyards (2) of Gold Hill, OR. A nice job on their 2009 Viognier, a fun Rosé Jolee wine, and the Claret as well. Another incredible thing about Del Rio is the sheer number and fun factor's of the events they have throughout the year. Did someone say party?

Beaulieu Vineyards (5) of Rutherford, CA with the consistent offerings of Tapestry and Georges de Latour always aims at your Bordeaux-inspired tastes. Truly Diageo's shining star! How can you miss with winemakers like Jeffrey Stambor and Elizabeth Delouise? Georges de Latour and Andre Tschelischeff would both be proud!

Levendi Winery (3) in Napa Valley, CA, for their great leadership from Jim, and for their Stagecoach Syrah and Cold Creek Chardonnay. These folks are truly on the rise as well. Way to go for their super winemaker, Alison Doran Green! Yum!

Chateau Ste. Michelle (4) of Woodinville, WA. These folks continue to impress, with the Pinot Gris, Riesling and the Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker Bob Bertheau is at his best here!

Glenora Wine Cellars (3) of Dundee, NY. It is so nice to have their variety of Rieslings and the Cayuga White. Much of their packaging is environmentally sensitive. The Dry and Sweet Rieslings are both standouts here. Great work by winemaker Steve DiFrancesco!

St. Barthelemy Cellars (1) in Napa, CA, for producing ports in more varietals than any known living person! If you like wine and love port, this is your new best friend - his name is Bart! We love his Syrah port. It's a star!

Sierra Madre Vineyard (2) a Santa Maria Winery is a perfect two-for-two and our second winery from Santa Maria. Accolades to winemaker Steve Rasmussen! There's a lot to love here!

Alexander Valley Vineyards (3) of Healdsburg, CA, provides consistent wines, and we have to admit that this year's flagship offering, Cyrus, has truly nailed it this round. Kudos to Winemaker Kevin Hall! Also, their Wine Club mix is a hit every year!

EOS Estate (6) of Paso Robles, CA. A producer not only of great Petite Sirah, but the Cupa Grandis Chardonnay as well as other stars. EOS is truly the Petite Sirah lover's paradise, with four different offerings of this varietal. Superb winemaking by Nathan Carlson!

What a year for us! It was our first year, and not even a full one at that, yet we believe we are bringing the winery and consumer closer than ever. We have so much new functionality coming for 2011 as we bring the relationships closer. We work hard to benefit those wineries of the U.S. and also bring more information into the fingertips of the consumer. We'll do that literally as we are developing our mobile apps for the Droid © and iPhone ©. We promise you functionality never before seen that will take it all to a new level.

As I have said to all my people and wineries alike "The wine market is much larger, but untapped as there not have been the tools that bring the consumer to the wine in a simple sense". We're not about one person's opinion, we're about a lot of information from various viewpoints - multiple sensory, high-end chemistry, and data provided by the wineries. In fact, we now match a record one of three wines and that increases daily!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve all of you and Merry Christmas!!!


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