For the tenth year, Wine Business Monthly has compiled its 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 "Hot Brands" wines at WBM's popular annual Bottle Bash. The video featuring Ca' Momi winery of Napa was shot at the beginning of the party, before wine industry revelers packed the Pyramid Alehouse Brewery in Sacramento.