we unwrap the winning bottle in each 20-wine tasting, almost
always it turns out to be one of the most expensive. The
avenge price of our last 26 winners was $33.46, EXCEPT for
five fabulous values. Here they are, along with the number
of more expensive wines they defeated.
||Zinfandel by Arciero, Paso
|| "Traditional" red blend by
Rosemount, Australia, '95 (pictured)
||Zinfandel by Montevina, Amador
||Sauvignon Blanc by Chateau
Souverain, Alexander Valley, '96
||Cabernet Sauvignon by Napa
Ridge, Central Coast, '96
1) In the $10 to $15 range, Zinfandels are the most frequent best-value winners.
Two of our fabulous five are Zins.
2) The composition of the Aussie "Traditional" was 10% Petit Verdot, 20 Merlot
and 70 Cab.
3) Tasters' trap? Finally, does the order in which wines are tasted affect
the rating? We had ten wines contending for the above five spots and half
of them were the fifteenth wine tasted! Stay tuned.