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Wine World Series: Napa vs. Sonoma

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by Fred McMillin


Who Won Global Gourmet's Wine World Series, Napa or Sonoma?

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:

Inning Best Wine
1st Sonoma Valley of the Moon, Chardonnay, $16
2nd Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, $16
3rd Sonoma Pedroncelli Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, $16
4th Napa Ballentine Vineyards, Chenin Blanc, $15
5th Napa Peju Province, Merlot, $18
6th Sonoma Nobos Wines (Sobon Estate), Merlot, $20
7th Napa Ridge Winery, Petite Sirah, $12
8th Napa Jarvis Wines, Cabernet Franc, $70
The Winner
9th Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Mariner-Meritage Red Blend, $40


So Sonoma won our Wine World Series, but Napa was only a sip behind.


And a Final Wine Smile

We're honored that a major Napa Valley winery concludes its newsletter with one of our Final Smiles about Winston Churchill when he was a member of Parliament.

Here it is:

A female member of the opposition party confronted him after a heated debate and said: "Winston, if you were my husband, I'd put poison in your wine!"

Winston: "Madam, if I were your husband...I'd drink it."


Tastings: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for over 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.

Copyright © 2010, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.

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