Happy New Year! As we began 2022, we compiled a list of our favorite 50 wines in 2021. And what a year it was! First, we finally took some short road trips to Washington and Oregon wine countries. For example, we drove to Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Carlton and Willamette Valley. Next, we also enjoyed many wonderful wines at home or with friends. Therefore, this list exemplifies the favorite 50 wines that we tasted last year. In other words, you might have other favorites, which we have not tasted. That’s the beauty of having so much wonderful wine available in the world. Read on for more details.
Write for Wine’s Favorite 50 Wines in 2021
First, this list features wines such as Champagne, Pét-nat, White Burgundy, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot, and both red and white blends. Further, multiple wine regions produce these excellent bottles: Washington, Oregon, California, B.C., France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Armenia and Argentina. Certainly, we loved all 50 of these wines.
In addition, we chose only one white and/or one red from each winery, so more wineries could be featured. Consequently, we encourage you to try some of them. However, some of these vintages are no longer available. On the other hand, you should be able to find recent releases instead. Most importantly, we recommend that you click on the winery links for more information.
Here is our list of Favorite 50 Wines in 2021 (in alphabetical order by winery).
Favorite Champagne, Sparkling and White Wine
- Albino Armani Colle Ara Pinot Grigio Valdadige Terradeiforti
- Bells Up Helios Seyval Blanc 2020
- Big Table Farm Wild Bee Chardonnay 2019
- Champagne Barons de Rothschild Ritz Paris Rosé Champagne
- Château de la Crée Meursault Les Tillets 2015
- Conte Vistarino Ries Riesling Oltrepò Pavese 2017
- DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc 2019
- Devison Vintners Evergreen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020
- Hard Row to Hoe Whole Picture® Au Naturel Pét-nat (Cab Franc) 2019
- Lauren Ashton Cuvée Meline 2020
- L’Ecole 41 Luminesce Estate Seven Hills Vineyard 2020
- Terra Remota Clos Adele 2020
- Troon Vineyards Fizzante 2020
- Upchurch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Southwest Facing 2018
- Utopia Estate Pinot Noir Blanc “Bliss” 2018
- Zulal Voskehat 2019
Favorite Red Wine
- Bailey Family Wines Pinot Noir 2017
- Big Table Farm Funk Estate Syrah The Rocks 2018
- Black Hills Nota Bene 2018
- Block Wines Ankleroller Block Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah 2018
- Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek 2016
- Boudreaux Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
- Cantine Ermes Vento di Mare Nerello Mascalese
- Caprio Cellars Eleanor 2017
- Cayuse Camaspelo 2010
- Devison Vintners Phantom Lamb Syrah 2018
- Domaine Serene Grand Cheval 2018
- ETTORE Red 2018
- Fall Line Cirque 2017
- L’Ecole 41 Perigee 2015 or 2018
- Leonetti Merlot 2006
- Hard Row to Hoe Cabernet Franc 2013
- Lenné Estate 2017 Kill Hill Pinot Noir 2018
- Maison Evenstad Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Rues de Chaux 2016
- Obelisco Red Mountain Electrum 2018
- Prospice Cabernet Franc 2018
- Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
- Rasa Vineyards Veritas Sequitur SJR Vineyard Syrah 2015
- Reynvaan In the Rocks Syrah 2013
- Saviah Cellars The Funk Estate Syrah 2017
- Sleight of Hand Cellars The Archimage Reserve 2016
- Soul Growers El Mejor 2016
- Succession Black Label Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- The Walls Mahana Syrah 2017
- TILIA Malbec-Syrah 2020
- Two Vintners Some Days Are Stones Syrah 2015
- Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
- Utopia Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Clone 777 2015
- Va Piano Vineyards Rosebud Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Woodward Canyon 1997 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Summary: Favorite 50 Wines in 2021
In conclusion, our list of 50 Favorite Wines in 2021 consists of bottles from many wine regions in the world. In the same vein, some of them are special-occasion wines because of their high quality and subsequently, high price point. Likewise, others are special good-value wines that we enjoyed throughout the year.
Finally, we encourage you to try some of them and check out the wineries’ websites for more information.
Above all, we hope you stay safe and have a healthy 2022.
And certainly, thank you for your support for Write for Wine over the last 15 years, here and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Happy New Year!
Margot and Dave
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