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by Fred McMillin
Jump aboard the --
|88||-||Zinfandel, Rancho Zabaco, Chiotti Vineyard, 2002, $28|
|90||-||Chardonnay, Gary Farrell, Rochioli-Allen Vineyards, 2002, $38|
|91||-||Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Russian River Valley, 2002, $32|
|92||-||Cabernet Sauvignon, Petroni, Sonoma Valley, 2000, $55|
|95||-||Merlot, Chalk Hill Winery, Chalk Hill, 1999, $100|
Like the winegrowers said, the Cabs and Merlots are good, too!
Postscript—Did you know this about Sonoma?
Napa's first wine vines came from SONOMA!
Most of us have heard how the Spanish missionaries brought the first wine vines to Sonoma. WRONG! Russians brought wine vines from tha Black Sea area a decade before the Spanish, and planted them east of their coastal Fort Ross.
CHIEF BIG NOSE??? "Sono" was a local Indian word for "nose." A leading chief had a large one, so Sonoma meant "land of Chief Big Nose." (There are rival theories about the origin of the name.)
An ancestor of Sonoma's first commercial winemaker brought Christopber Columbus back to Spain in chains! The first winemaker was General Mariano Vallejo, and Columbus' jailor was Admiral Alonzo Vallejo.
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.
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