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by Fred McMillin
Tamas for the Boss
and I obey,
She always lets
Me have her way.
What's a good one?
The Rest of the Story—Tamas Tidbits
1966—Steven Kent Mirassou Sr. And his cousins began selling wine under the Mirassou label. In the following years he got to know a former Hungarian freedom fighter who was working for Robert and Peter Mondavi at the Charles Krug Winery. His name was Ivan Tamas Fuezy.
1984—Steve and Ivan decided to strike out on their own, forming the Ivan Tamas Winery. They knew California vineyards, bought grapes, and made their wines in the Livermore Valley.
1993—With plenty of smarts, they did well. Robert Parker, Jr. wrote: "They are producing terrific wines that represent excellent bargains. The Chardonnay is full-bodied, concentrated, rich and exuberant." The same year my panel gave the 1989 Reserve Tamas Chardonnay a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in the San Francisco Independent.
1996—Steven Kent Mirassou Jr. joins Tamas and the next year buys Ivan's share.
2000—Father and son have proved to be a very effective team, with production now over 50,000 cases annually. One of their best wines is the 1,500 cases a year Reserve Chardonnay, which is our...
Wine of the Day
1996 Ivan Tamas Reserve Chardonnay
Postscript—Another Tamas Wine
Whatta conversation piece. Tamas is the U.S.A.'s leading producer of the grape praised two millennia ago by such greats as Pliny the Elder and Galen, the physician of the Roman emperors. It's the Tamas Trebbiano, $10. (See WineDay Oct. 19, 1999)
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