The Slow Wine Prizes: A guide to the guide’s prizes.

Above: The mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, California on the Pacific coast.

SNAIL

The SNAIL PRIZE is awarded to wineries whose values (high quality wines, originality, respect for the land and environment) align with the Slow Food movement. Quality-price ratio is another factor that our editors consider.

BOTTLE

The BOTTLE PRIZE is awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.

COIN

The COIN PRIZE is awarded to wineries whose wines represent excellent value.

SLOW WINE

The SLOW WINE PRIZE is awarded to wines that represent an expression of place, originality, and history. Quality-price ratio is another factor that our editors consider for this prize.

GREAT WINE

The GREAT WINE PRIZE is awarded to the top bottles tasted by our editors.

DAILY WINE

The DAILY WINE PRIZE is awarded to bottles that represent excellent value (under $30).