Top 100 Wines: Methodology

Tina Caputo testing the aroma of various wines, checking for flavor notes. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

Methodology: It’s a tough job. Really.

With more than 400 Sonoma wineries producing thousands
of different bottlings each year, how did we settle on 2015’s best? It took lots
of tasting, and retasting, and assistance from the judges at The Press Democrat 2015 North Coast Wine Challenge, to come up with 100 great wines sure to please all palates and pocketbooks.

Sonoma magazine managing editor Linda Murphy and magazine contributor Virginie
Boone worked together to select the Top 100, taking into account their own tastings and
high-scoring wines from the North Coast Wine Challenge competition, held in April.

In addition to writing for Sonoma magazine and The Press Democrat, Boone is a contributing editor for New York-based Wine Enthusiast magazine, reviewing thousands of wines each year from Sonoma and Napa. Murphy, a two-time James Beard Award winner when she was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine section, tastes as many wines, with her comments appearing in Decanter magazine and, among other publications.

Their mission was to spotlight 100 outstanding wines produced in Sonoma, from Sonoma-grown grapes, with a broad diversity in price, style, growing region and producer. Wines scoring 94 points and higher at the 2015 North Coast Wine Challenge were given strong consideration. All recommended wines were released in 2015.
– LM

Check out which wines made the list here:

Top 100 Wines: Sauvignon Blanc

More to come soon!