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by Fred McMillin
Edgar Vogt, (pictured), is a busy teacher. The local spring catalogues of S.F. State University and S.F. City College show he's giving a total of five courses in the next few months.
Furthermore, he does all the heavy lifting for my Scott's Panel tastings. So what's the best-tasting wine he's poured in the last six months?...I'll call it, "Teacher's Pet".
Edgar rated all of these EXCELLENT.5th—Pinot Noir by David Bruce, Santa Cruz Mountains, '97, $35.
See the Nov. 29, 1999 WineDay titled, "In a Class by Itself".
4th—Pinot Noir by Steele, Mendocino County, DuPratt Vineyard, '97, $28.
3rd—Syrah by Jade Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, Paras Vineyard, '97, $52.
See January 26, 2000 WineDay for more about Jade Mountain.
2nd - None. Instead we had a tie for the best.
1st - One was the Harrison '97 Cab, Napa Valley, $54.
It's covered in WineDay, Feb. 10, 2000. We did not write up the other winner previously, so here it is, our Wine of the Day.
The Teacher's Pet
1997 Oakstone Syrah Port, El Dorado
Speaking of university wine courses, co-proprietor and winemaker of Oakstone, Dr. John Smith, is well known at San Jose State U. for his course on the chemistry of wine. He sure gets the molecules lined up right in his Ports. Production is small, so phone (916)620-5303 and grab the latest release, even if the Syrah is sold out.
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