Celia Masyczek has been named "winemaker of the year" in the 11th annual Food & Wine magazine American Wine Awards.
The Oregon native who has become a standout in the California wine universe is particularly known for her Napa Cabs for clients throughout the Napa Valley, from Calistoga to Carneros. She also has her own label, established in 2004, a 200-case cabernet sauvignon named Corra.
The other awards as announced in the October issue of the magazine (seen here):
Outstanding Sparkling Wine: 2004 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, $35.
Best Wines Under $20: (Whites) 2007 Foxglove Chardonnay, $15; 2007 Brander Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc. (Reds) 2006 A To Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Noir, $18; 2005 Raymond R Collection Merlot, $15; 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, $15; 2006 Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel, $18; 2006 Qupe Central Coast Syrah, $16.
Best Wines Over $20: (Whites) 2005 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, $65; 2007 Cluff Lede Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, $22. (Reds) 2005 Talley Vineyards Rosemary'sd Vineyard Pinot Noir, $38; 2005 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot, $45; 2006 Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah, $38; 2005 Bella Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel, $36; 2004 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, $600; 2005 Dominus Bordeaux Blend, $129.
Best New Winery: Breggo Cellars, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, CA.
Importer of the Year: Neal Rosenthal, Rosenthal Wine Merchant and author of the new memoir "Reflections of a Wine Merchant."
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