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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
"The producer of today's wine is part of the festival."
Michael and Jerry Topolos must have respected the land just as much when they bought the 25 acres of vineyards and re-bonded the winery. Michael, who found time to teach wine courses at Sonoma State University, became known for his socko Zinfandels. But my records show that as early as 1982 one of his innovations included dessert Muscats. and a more recent one is our hand-crafted...
The Wine—1994 Muscat L'Orange Dessert Wine
The Winery—Topolos at Russian River Vineyards (30 letters!)
Forestville, Sonoma County, CA
Bottled—Feb. 22, 1995
Service—With vanilla ice cream and crisp sugar cookies or orange pound cake
What Muscats Are Available?—Phone (800) 867-6567, FAX (707) 887-1399.
If you prefer a table wine, try one of those Topolos-cult Zinfandel powerhouses.
Rating of the Muscat—HIGHLY RECOMMENDED at the end of the meal.
Price of the Muscat—About five years ago I paid $7.75 (375 ml.).
Who made the first wine around Forestville? Louis Mathe, born in the Cognac district of France, made 90,000 gallons of wine (probably Zinfandel) in 1895.
Peninon, Unzelman and Anderson's 1998 history of Sonoma viticulture, Nomis Press, Santa Rosa, CA.
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers. 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 September 2000