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by Fred McMillin
The Wine To Give Your Host
Gaiter and Brecher in the Wall St. Journal: "This time of year, even more than usual, we're asked what wine to take to a friend's house for dinner...so here's our list of kinds of wines."
* A California Viognier
* An expensive California Zinfandel
THE REST OF THE STORY...Our Top Twenty
So, using those categories, here are the top eight whites and twelve reds that my tasters have savored in recent months. The best wines are at the bottom of the lists; that is, they get better the further you read.
8th—RIESLING, Trimbach, Alsace (not German), 1997, $28.50 (Seagram Import)
7th—RIESLING, Trimbach, Alsace, 1999, $16
6th—WHITE BURGUNDY, Pouilly-Fuissé, F. Chauvenet, 1998, $16 (Boisset Imports)
5th—AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY, Jacob's Creek, Padthaway, 1989, $33
4th—WHITE BURGUNDY, Pouilly-Fuissé, Vincent, 1999, $21 (Wildman Import)
3rd—VIOGNIER, Spencer Roloson, Rutherford, 2000, $19
2nd—VIOGNIER Reserve, McDowell, Mendocino, 2000, $16
1st—VIOGNIER, Geyser Peak, Alexander Valley, 2000, $19
12th—MALBEC from Argentina, Tapiz, Mendoza, 1999, $8 (Kendall-Jackson Import)
11th—ZINFANDEL, Sobon, Fiddletown, l997, $15
10th—ZINFANDEL, Kenwood, Sonoma County, 1999, $16
9th—SANGIOVESE, Camellia Cellars, Dry Creek Valley, 1999, $28
8th—ZINFANDEL Folie à Deux, Amador County, 1999, $18
7th—SANGIOVESE, Beaulieu, North Coast, 1998, $18
6th—ZINFANDEL, Kenwood, Nuns Canyon, Sonoma Valley, 1999, $20
5th—ZINFANDEL, Grgich Hills, Napa-Sonoma, 1999, $25
4th—MALBEC from Argentina, M. Torino, 2000, $10 (Wildman Import)
3rd—ZINFANDEL, Old Vine, Lake Sonoma Cellars, Dry Creek Valley, 1999, $20
2nd—BARBERA, Terra d' Oro, Montevina, Amador County, 1998, $18
1st—ZINFANDEL, Deaver, Amador County, l999, $28
1. The BEST BUY was either of the Malbecs.
2 If I'm taking a white, it'll be a California Viognier.
3. If I'm taking a red, it'll be one of those top Zinfandels, unless my budget says MALBEC.
Research Assistants—Mr. & Mrs. Joe Lorentz
This page created November 2002