For the tenth year, Wine Business Monthly has compiled its list of the Top 10 Hot Brands. This year, we released the Top 10 Hot Brands in alphabetical order. Writer Mary-Colleen Tinney explains in her February 2012 article:
The Hot Brands list is our chance to honor wineries that are innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious. These winemakers can be trailblazers or traditionalists (and are often both), but most of all, these are people who have dedicated themselves to crafting the best wines possible from their unique sites.
Winemakers poured their wines at WBM's annual Bottle Bash at the Pyramid Alehouse Brewery in Sacramento. This video features Carr Winery, located on California's Central Coast.