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by Fred McMillin
Is the Northwest
|Winning Region||The Winning Wine|
|$8||X||Sauvignon Blanc, Buena Vista, Appellation—California, '99|
|$8||X||Cabernet Sauvignon, Hogue, Columbia Valley, Washington, '98|
|$9||X||Chardonnay, Duck Pond, Columbia Valley, Washington, '99|
|$10||X||Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, '99|
|$10||X||Chardonnay, Monterra, Monterey, '98|
|$13||X||Pinot Noir Reserve, Barefoot, Sonoma County, '97|
|$14||X||Fumé Blanc, Chateau St. Jean, Russian River Valley, La Petite Etoile Vineyard, '98|
|$15||X||Syrah, Jekel, Monterey, '98|
|$16||X||Cabernet Sauvignon, Sagelands (Chalone), Columbia Valley, '98, pictured.|
|$20||X||Chardonnay Reserve, Ivan Tamas, Central Coast, '96|
|$20||X||Pinot Noir, Belvedere, Anderson Valley, Floodgate Vineyard, '97|
|$24||X||Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard, '97|
1. Dr. Clore's forecast is looking good. In this tasting, the Northwest won 42% of the matches.
2. Two of the Northwest's best, Oregon Pinot Gris and Washington Merlot were not in this tasting. So, we'll pick up some good ones and put them in another blind tasting soon, to see how California does against them!
3. We had two vaunted Oregon Pinot Noir in this tasting. They failed to win. We'll put some pricier models into the next tasting. I expect they'll do better. Stay tuned.
All five Northwest winners were from the Columbia River American Viticultural Area (AVA). You're going to see Columbia Valley on more and more labels in the future, so here are just a few fun facts.
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 February 2001