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by Fred McMillin
For our Wine World Series, we matched the two best wine districts in the New World, Napa vs. Sonoma. Each team had 45 members. For example, in the first inning the five best Napa Chardonnays were up against the five best Sonoma Chardonnays.
Here are the winners by inning:
Wine World Series|
|1st||Napa Jarvis-Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, $70|
|2nd||Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Musque-Sauvignon Blanc, $25|
|3rd||Napa Domaine Carneros, Brut Rosé Sparkler, $36|
|4th||Napa Peju Provence, Zinfandel, $28|
|5th||Sonoma Gary Farrell, Star Ridge Pinot Noir, $50|
|6th||Sonoma Hawkes Vineyards, Merlot, $30|
|7th||Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon, $55|
|8th||Napa Hess Collection, 19 Block Cuvée, Red Blend, $35|
So we are all tied. Each district has won four innings going into the ninth.
The Winner Is...|
|9th||Napa Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Dessert Eisrebe, $50 (375ml)|
So Napa won our Wine World Series, but Sonoma was only a sip behind.
I never promised you a Rosé garden...
Global Gourmet reader Rose V. asked this question about her namesake wine, ro-zay: "What are the best rosé wines your panel has tasted recently?" Here they are in alphabetical order:
Wine improves with age. The older I get, the more I like it.
Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He was voted one of the U.S.A's 22 Best wine writers by the Academy of Wine Communications. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
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This page created October 2009