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by Fred McMillin
The Discovery of Wine
Clos du Lac logo.
The great grape of ancient Persia was Syrah. It is still alive and well today, and here's one that surely would have dazzled King Shariman.
1997 Clos du Lac Syrah, $13
Sierra Foothills, Highway 88, Ione, California
Winemaker—Francois Cordesse is just as colorful as Omar's tale. Two years in the French navy, Master's in winemaking from Montpellier, worked four crushes at Chateau Cadillac in Bordeaux, one in Australia at Chandon and then to California. We reviewed his du Lac '96 dessert Muscat in the July 14, 1997 WineDay. My panel was startled by the quality then, and they were again with this Syrah.
Rating—I checked back 12 months and couldn't find another Syrah at or under $13 with as high a rating by my panel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Contact—Carolis Deal, (800) 738-9463, FAX (510) 839-9991; Winery, (209) 274-2238, FAX (209)274-4147
About Omar, my wife and I traveled hundreds of miles to see his tomb in eastern Iran. We were almost there when we were waylayed by a dizi sangi. The dizi is a regional cooking pot carved out of a single stone. My wife became so interested in learning DIZI recipes from the local cooks that we never did get to the tomb, but we did bring home (and still have) a very heavy dizi sangi.
The above consolidated version of the legend is based on:
a) Conversations with the University of Tehran's Dr. Hasan Javadi
b) How Wine Came To Man,!! Rochester Folk Art Guild, Middlesex, New York, undated.
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