When asked what wine I prefer, my reply
is, "somebody else's."
...Diogenes, c.412-323, Greek philosopher who
for a time lived in a barrel to indicate his
rejection of the world's comforts.
Guenoc's Beckstoffer IV each year is one of our highest scoring cabs.
The Rest of the Story
Though rejecting other comforts, Diogenes apparently
enjoyed a free bottle of wine. So do most of the wine
enthusiasts I know, be they novices or connoisseurs.
But my recommendations are different for the two
Give an easily-recognized varietal,
a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon...and make
it from an easily-recognized winery. I'd suggest
Robert Mondavi. Prices range from under
$10 (Woodbridge label) to over $30 for the Reserves.
Give the highest-priced bottle your budget will
Give a highly-regarded wine. While the novice
wouldn't be excited by it, the veteran will.
Here are some glamorous wines in various price
Fetzer Gewurztraminer is a national winner.
Bogle has a terrific '96 Petite Sirah.
Any Peachy Canyon Zinfandel
Fiddletown Zinfandel by Sobon Estate, Amador County
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a big deal; try
the Brancott or Cloudy Bay.
Handley Brut Sparkler...affordable, flavorful bubbles.
Clos Pegase Merlot
Pezzi King Cab...rising new winery.
Guenoc Reserve Chardonnay
Any Steele Pinot Noir
Grgich Chardonnay...Mike's a master.
ZD Cabernet Sauvignon
Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon
Clicquot Brut Champagne
Matanzas Creek Merlot
Peju Province Cab
Guenoc Beckstoffer Cab (pictured)
Opus One...max prestige...$95...would have