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Copyright © 2015
Forkmedia LLC

by Fred McMillin
for September 25, 2000


Ladies' Choice


"I'm giving a party and want to know the name of a wine that appeals more to ladies than men."

...(from my e-mail)

The Answer

Seven ladies and seven men tasted 40 wines in my latest wine course. There were five that the feminine palates rated considerably higher than did the male palates. Here they are, with the biggest favorite listed last.

Favored   The Color The Wine
5th - White Pinot Gris, King Estate, Oregon, '98, $14
4th - White Chardonnay, Fetzer Barrel Select, Mendocino County, '97, $12
3rd - Red Merlot, Clos Du Bois, Sonoma County, '97, $17
2nd - Red Pinot Noir, Clos Du Bois, Sonoma County, '97, $15

Richard Sanford1st—The winner is our...

Wine of the Day

Richard Sanford,(pictured), made his first vintage of the winning varietal in 1980. My notes show the fourth vintage won Best of Show at a major competition; critics called it "world class." Today we're talking the 18th vintage:

1997 Sanford Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
Winemaker—Bruno D'Alfonso was hired by Richard at the start and has played a crucial role in these award-winning Pinots ever since.
Much More—See the April 27, 1999 WineDay titled, "Sanford! All Aboard!" It reviews the 1996 Pinot.
Contact—Office of J. Richard Sanford,(805) 688-3300, FAX (805) 688-7381
Rating—The men gave it a rousing 88 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), while the ladies gave it a 94 (SUPERB)!
Food—Ham, lamb, pepperoni pizza, pesto pasta.
Price—$22 range


When asked which Sanford Pinot vintage is best, he replies, "The next one!"


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