(North Hollywood – CALIF.) – A team of creative wine professionals in the media kicked off the new year by looking ahead to 2021 and reviewing the hundreds of wines from around the world they covered last year on SOMM TV, the premier streaming video platform and extensive podcast network about wine, food and travel.
The result is SOMM TV’s Top 40 Wines, selected by SOMM TV’s sommeliers, directors, filmmakers, producers, podcasters and actors, including the same team of professionals who produce the award-winning documentary series SOMM Films. Together they create new shows, films and original educational content from start to finish.
According to Brian Reshefsky, CEO of SOMM TV: Rather than publish a simple list, SOMM TV has created a gift for viewers who love wine, are interested in the stories behind each bottle and want to know more about wine regions around the world. The list is free to all, and for our subscribers, there is an interactive interface that features personal experiences from the passionate SOMM TV team, as well as narrative videos linked to each of SOMM TV’s top 40 wines.
From Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to Maderia 1824, SOMM TV Top 40 Wines tells the story of each wine with intimate reflections on the meaning of each wine in the context of SOMM TV’s images and programs, as well as personal experiences during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic year.
Sabato Sagaria, member of MS and SOMM TV distribution, chose the Vega Sicilia Unico 2008 as one of the most memorable wines he tasted last year. Sagaria remembers: That night, we watched New York City celebrate the opening of an establishment in New York City’s restaurant hall of fame, and when you looked inside, you couldn’t guess that we were about to be hit by a global pandemic sweeping our country. That’s how it must have felt in the dining room of the Titanic when they hit the iceberg that night. We did our best to help the team minimize the number of bottles they had to put in the cellar, and we drank very well that night. Although the wines were epic, it seems to me in retrospect that I couldn’t taste them.
When the loss of taste was announced shortly thereafter as a symptom of coronavirus, Sagaria was later tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and it all made sense, and the memory became even more distressing. It was a dish I will remember for years to come, not for what was on my plate or in my glass, but it was truly memorable for the sum of its parts. I don’t know where I’m going to deposit my absentee ballot, but I’d like to get back to this flight.
It was a wine like I have never tasted before! Claire Coppi, sommelier and member of the SOMM TV cast, raves about the new 1977 Hungarian Merlot, one of her top 40 wines, which she enjoyed with fellow sommelier Jeff Porter on SOMM TV: How often do you taste a bottle of Hungarian Merlot aged in the Soviet Union with residual sugar? It was so delicious and the story behind the bottle made me geek out even more!
SOMM TV’s sommelier and actress Dlin Proctor chose DRC Échézeaux 2011 (bottle #02105) as a gift from a dear friend last summer for her birthday: We jump into Zoom and literally drink every bottle of Ech we have. We talked about Aubert, Henri and Rouge and all the great characters of Vosna, as well as our joint trips to Beaune, La Morra and Florence over the years. The most important bottles and conversations this year!
Forgotten Man Films, the parent company of SOMM TV, was formed by the team that created and produced SOMM’s trilogy of documentaries, including director Jason Wise, producer Christine Wise and cinematographer Jackson Myers. Diana Carpenter joins the series as executive producer of the SOMM’s second and third films.
SOMM TV is an independent network of films, shows and podcasts about wine, food and travel, with no affiliation to a group of sommeliers or a wine organization.
SOMM TV is the first SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) streaming platform and a complete network of podcasts on wine, food and travel. It features exclusive new programs, films and educational content developed from the ground up by the team that created the award-winning documentary series SOMM.
The full list of the top 40 wines from SOMM TV can be found here. For viewers, SOMM TV is available on any device and smart TV around the world through a dedicated app and website, and free podcasts can be found on all major platforms, including iTunes and Spotify. SOMM TV is available for just $5.99 per month or $49.99 for a full year after a three-day free trial.
JCOMM TV Top 40 Wines 2020
40. 2019 Roses Rating
39. 2005 in pursuit of the bear
38. 2018 Eden Rift Terrace Pinot Noir
37. Orion by Oscar Maurer
36. NV Substance Blanc de Blanc Champagne
35. 2018 Beaux Frères Chardonnay
34. 2016 Antoine Jobard Meursault Blagny 1er Cru
33. 2020 Pilot, Hilliwalker, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
32. 2019 Ross Knoll Vineyard Rosé de Calera Cuvée Kimmy
31. 2016 Tiganello
30. 2017 ROUGH Nuytes St. George’s
29. 2017 The Artichasian ‘Lager Meredith Vineyard’ Syrah
28. 2016 Clos Electrique de Cameron
27. 2014 Jamet Cote Rotie
26. 2001 Schramsberg
25. 2001 Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas
24. 2010 Mugnier, Les Amoureuses
23. 1999 Bernard Lion La Chavaroche Côte-Rotti
22. 2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
21. 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin
20. 2005 Tsarsberg – Heritage
19. 2008 Rosado R. Lopez de Heredia.
18. Salon Blanc de Blanc Le Mensil 2007
17. Etchart’s Torrontes of 1992
16. Zulal Areni – Armenia
15. 2008 Vega Sicilia Unico
14. 1996 Zinfandel frog jump
13. 2001 Domaine René Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
12. 1980 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon
11. 1999 Cobos Malbec
10. 1970 Heitz Martha Vineyard Cabernet.
9. 2011 DRC Eshezo (bottle no. 02105)
8. 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon source wine in the mountains
7. 1977 Hungarian Novay Merlot
6. 2000 Jar Clos d’Ambonnay
5. 1969 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
4. 1973 House ruin
3. 1936 Martinelli Zinfandel from Jackass Hill.
2. 1970 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon
1. 1824 Madeira
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