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Wine

by Fred McMillin
for October 2003

 

Around the World in 80 Wines

 

Yes, the class tasted 80 wines from 16 regions around the world. Here's the favorite from each area. The highest-rated wine is listed last, so the further you read, the better the bottle. (Most of the selections were under $20, but a few pricier models slipped in.)

 

The Winning Wines


Rank   Country The Wine
16th - Bulgaria Merlot by Vini, Sliven, 2000, $7
15th - Italy Pinot Grigio by Fontana Candida, Venezie, 2001, $8
14th - Argentina Malbec by Tapiz, Mendoza, 2001, $8
13th - Portugal White Port by Ramos Pinto, non-vintage, $14
12th - Israel Cabernet Sauvignon by Yarden, Galilee, 1999, $26
11th - Washington State Chenin Blanc by Covey Run, 2000, $7
10th - New Zealand Merlot-Cabernet Blend by Glazebrook, Hawkes Bay, 1999, $19
9th - Australia Syrah-Cabernet Blend by Alice White, SE Australia, 2000, $8
8th - Chile Carmenére by Caliterra, Colchagua Valley, 2001, $20
7th - Alsace "Hugel" Pinot Blanc, 2001, $12
6th - Rhone Valley Parallèle "45" by Paul Jaboulet, 2000, $10
5th - Oregon Vine Glacé (Ice Wine) by King Estate, 2001, $18 (375 ml.)
4th - Loire Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) by Michel Picard, 2001, $12
3rd - Missouri Late Harvest Vignoles by St. James, 2001, $17 (375 ml.)
2nd - South Africa "Noble Late Harvest" (dessert Chenin Blanc), by Fleur du Cap, 1996, $13 (375 ml.)
 

And the winner...

 
1st - California Pinot Noir by Seven Lions Winery, Russian River Valley, Hansen Vineyard, 2000, $55
 

The last 10 wines are particularly good. If you can't find one you wish to try, fax me at (415) 567-4468 and I'll help.

 
 
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.

 


 

 
 

This page created October 2003

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