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The Daily Meal Uncorks the 101 Best Wineries in America in 2015

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The Daily Meal, the world's largest food and drink lifestyle site, just unveiled its annual list of the 101 Best Wineries in America. As was the case for last year's 101 Best, The Daily Meal found that great wines are being made not just in California and the Pacific Northwest but all over the country.

"Identifying the best wineries in America was an extremely challenging mission," said Colman Andrews, The Daily Meal's editorial director. "The sheer quantity and variety of great wine being made in this country today has grown exponentially in the past two or three decades. This ranking isn't a beauty contest, giving points for attractive settings or handsome architecture, or a guide to fine winery dining. While some of the places listed do indeed offer visual or gustatory attractions — we're concerned with what gets put into the bottle, and poured into our glass."

 

The wineries on the list were nominated by experts in the field — sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateurs, along with wine-savvy editors at The Daily Meal. Experts include John Tilson of The Underground Wine Letter; wine writer and wine bar proprietor Keith Beavers; chef-restaurateur Daniel Boulud and Daniel Johannes, corporate wine director for Boulud's Dinex Group; chef-restaurateur and The Daily Meal contributor Norman Van Aken; and Cathy Mantuano, wine director at the Art Institute of Chicago's Terzo Piano.

Roughly two-thirds of the wineries listed were based in California, which is by far the largest producing state and still boasts the largest number of great wineries. The Pacific Northwest is well-represented as well, and wineries from New York (both the Finger Lakes and Long Island), Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are among the top 101.

 

The team at The Daily Meal encourages readers to provide feedback on the following list. Did your favorite American winery make the cut? You can let The Daily Meal know which winery on the list is your favorite — or if we missed one that you love — by tweeting @TheDailyMeal using the hashtag #101bestwineries.

More details about the 101 Best Wineries in America is available at http://www.thedailymeal.com/america-s-101-best-wineries.

Rank Name of Winery Place
1 Tablas Creek Vineyard Paso Robles, California
2 Ridge Vineyards Cupertino, California
3 Au Bon Climat Winery Santa Barbara, California
4 Calera Wine Mt. Harlan, California
5 Woodward Canyon Winery Lowden, Washington
6 Dunn Vineyards Angwin, California
7 Heitz Cellars St Helena, California
8 Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery St. Helena, California
9 Leonetti Cellar Walla Walla, Washington
10 Robert Sinskey Vineyards Napa, California
11 Littorai Sebastopol, California
12 Caymus Vineyards Rutherford, California
13 Matthiasson Winery Napa Valley, California
14 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dayton, Oregon
15 Linden Vineyards Linden, Virginia
16 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley, California
17 Corison Winery Napa Valley, California
18 Bonny Doon Vineyard Santa Cruz, California
19 Duckhorn Vineyards St Helena, California
20 Schramsberg Vineyards Calistoga, California
21 Chateau Montelena Winery Calistoga, California
22 Andrew Will Winery Vashon, Washington
23 Massican Winery Napa Valley, California
24 Mayacamas Vineyards Mount Veeder, California
25 Whetstone Wine Cellars Napa, California
26 Navarro Vineyards and Winery Philo, California
27 Qupé Winery Los Olivos, California
28 Copain Wines Healdsburg, California
29 Ponzi Vineyards Sherwood, Oregon
30 Patz & Hall Sonoma, California
31 Talley Vineyards Arroyo Grande, California
32 DeLille Cellars Woodinville, Washington
33 Domaine de la Cote Lompoc, California
34 Diamond Creek Vineyards Calistoga, California
35 Acorn Winery Healdsburg, California
36 Hirsch Vineyard Cazadero, California
37 Arnot-Roberts Healdsburg, California
38 The Eyrie Vineyards McMinville, Oregon
39 Wind Gap Wines Sebastopol, California
40 Hanzell Vineyards Sonoma, California
41 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley, Oregon
42 SpottsWoode Winery St Helena, California
43 Evening Land Vineyards Dundee, Oregon
44 Quilceda Creek Snohomish, Washington
45 Soliste Petaluma, California
46 St. Supery Vineyards and Winery Rutherford, California
47 Boundary Breaks Vineyard Lodi, New York
48 Peachy Canyon Winery Paso Robles, California
49 Ken Wright Cellars Carlton, Oregon
50 Chateau Grand Traverse Traverse City, Michigan
51 Saxum Paso Robles, California
52 Charles Smith Wines Walla Walla, Washington
53 Barbourville Vineyards Barboursville, Virginia
54 Mount Eden Saratoga, California
55 Tensley Wines Santa Barbara County, California
56 Red Newt Cellars Hector, New York
57 Abeja Walla Walla, Washington
58 Swanson Vineyards Napa Valley, California
59 Andrew Murray Vineyards Los Olivos, California
60 Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars Hammondsport, New York
61 Foxen Winery Santa Ynez Valley, California
62 Rochioli Vineyards and Winery Healdsburg, California
63 Black Ankle Vineyards Mount Airy, Maryland
64 Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards Woodside, California
65 Keuka Lake Vineyards Hammondsport, New York
66 Beckmen Vineyards Los Olivos, California
67 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Santa Barbara, California
68 Iron Horse Vineyards Sebastopol, California
69 Robert Mondavi Napa, California
70 Sandhi Wines Santa Barbara, California
71 Truchard Vineyards Napa Valley, California
72 Bergström Winery Newberg, Oregon
73 Pedroncelli Geyserville, California
74 Chehalem Winery Newberg, Oregon
75 Inwood Estates Vineyards Florence, Texas
76 Channing Daughters Winery Bridgehampton, New York
77 Balletto Vineyards & Winery Santa Rosa, California
78 Peay Cloverdale, California
79 Freemark Abbey Winery Napa Valley, California
80 Gramercy Cellars Walla Walla, Washington
81 Keplinger Wines Napa, California
82 Favia Wines Napa, California
83 McPherson Cellars Winery Lubbock, Texas
84 Stony Hill Vineyard St Helena, California
85 Va La Vineyards Avondale, Pennsylvania
86 The Ojai Vineyard Oak View, California
87 Neyers Vineyards St. Helena, California
88 Hermann J. Wiemer Winery Dundee, New York
89 Frick Winery Geyserville, California
90 Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla, Washington
91 Allis Ranch Winery Sedalia, Colorado
92 Bokisch Vineyards Lodi, California
93 Shinn Estate Vineyard and Farmhouse Mattituck, New York
94 MacPhaill Family Wines Healdsburg, California
95 Gruet Winery Albuquerque, New Mexico
96 Cornerstone Cellars Yountville, California
97 Broc Cellars Berkeley, California
98 Ste. Chapelle Winery Caldwell, Idaho
99 Hope Family Wines Paso Robles, California
100 Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyard Malibu, California
101 Trione Vineyards and Winery Geyserville, California

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The Daily Meal covers all this food and drink, creating a complete epicurean experience for cooks, food lovers, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between. Comprised of original content and video from Award winning editors, industry insiders, tastemakers and the user community, features range across the site's multiple channels: Cook, Eat/Dine, Drink, Travel, Entertain, Best Recipes, Holidays, Lists and Community. The Daily Meal also produces much anticipated annual reports including the 50 Most Powerful People in Food, America's Most Successful Chefs, 101 Best Restaurants in America and 150 Best Bars in America. Helmed by editorial director Colman Andrews, The Daily Meal is one of the largest food sites on the Web and the first property of Spanfeller Media Group, founded by Jim Spanfeller. Visit The Daily Meal on Facebook; follow us on Twitter.

 

 

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