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by Fred McMillin
for July 2002

Wine

 

The BEST OF 2002...So Far

We're half way through the year, and here are the BEST BUYS and BEST WINES my tasters have swirled, sniffed and sipped so far.

WHITE WINE

Best Buy - $6 Chardonnay, Sutter Home, 2000
Best Wine - $42 Chardonnay, Jarvis, 1999 Napa Valley, Rating—91
 

RED WINE

Best Buy - $7 Merlot, Glen Ellen, 1999
Best Wine - $120 Cabernet Sauvignon, Joseph Phelps, 1997, Backus Vineyard, Napa Valley, Rating—97
 

SPARKLER

Best Buy - $8 Barefoot Bubbly, Non-Vintage
Best Wine - $35 Chandon Etoile, Non-Vintage, Rating—91
 

DESSERT

Best Buy - $14 Elysium (Black Muscat), Quady, 2000
Best Wine - $65 (375 ml.) Riesling Ice Wine, 1999, Inniskillin, Canada, Rating—97
 

BEST WINERY

Makes the Best Buys - McPherson Wines, Australia, joint venture with USA's Brown-Forman
Best Winery - Tie between Gary Farrell Wines and Jarvis
 
 
 
About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. 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.

 


 

 
 

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