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by Fred McMillin
|Rank||The Wine||Winery, Etc.|
|19th||-||Pinot Noir||Rincon Privado, Argentina, Importer—Gaucho, 1999, $10|
|18th||-||Mead||Bargetto, California, Made 100% from honey, $11|
|17th||-||Sangiovese||Chateau Julien, Monterey County, 2000, $10|
|16th||-||Chardonnay||Tapiz, Argentina, Importer—Kendall-Jackson, 2001, $8|
|15th||-||Syrah||B&G, Vin de Pays d'0c, 2000, $7|
|14th||-||Bright-lighter white blend||Handley, Anderson Valley, 2001, $11|
|13th||-||Cabernet Sauvignon||Vina Santa Carolina, Chile, Importer—Canandaigua, 2000, $8|
|12th||-||Rhone Parallèle "45"||Paul Jaboulet, Importer—Wildman, 2000, $10|
|11th||-||Zinfandel||Woodbridge by R. Mondavi, 2000, $7|
|10th||-||Malbec||Tapiz, Argentina, Importer—Kendall-Jackson, 2001, $8|
|9th||-||Sauvignon Blanc||Fetzer Echo Ridge, California, 2001, $8|
|8th||-||Gewürztraminer||Hogue, Washington State, 2002, $9|
|7th||-||Red Muscat Electra||Quady, California, 2002, $8.50|
|6th||-||Pink Catawba||St. James Winery, Missouri, Non-vintage, $6|
|5th||-||Merlot||Calina, Chile, 2001, Importer—Kendall-Jackson, $8|
|4th||-||Cabernet Shiraz red blend||Alice White, Australia, Importer—Canandaigua, 2002, $8|
|3rd||-||Johannisberg Riesling||Woodbridge by R. Mondavi, California, 2001, $7|
|2nd||-||Chenin Blanc||Covey Run, Washington State, 2000, $7|
|1st||-||White Muscat Electra||Quady, California, 2002, $8.50|
Ouch! Watch Out, California...
The four most important wines on the list are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. What do the picks for these have in common? All four are from SOUTH AMERICA! The wines of Chile and Argentina are providing some fine buys.
And a final wine smile...
A British connoisseur was asked whether he preferred wine or women. After a long pause he replied, "It depends on the vintage!"
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
This page created July 2003