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Wine World Series
Sonoma vs Napa

Wine Ball

by Fred McMillin


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

For our Wine World Series, we matched the best wine districts in the New World, Sonoma vs Napa.


Here are the winners by inning:

Inning Region Best Wine
1st Sonoma Sonoma Cline Cellars, Viognier, 2009, $15
2nd Napa Grgich Hills Estate, Fume Blanc, 2009, $30
3rd Sonoma Jordan Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, $52
4th Napa Sanctuary (Brown-Forman), Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, $30
5th Napa Napa Ridge Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, $12
6th Napa Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, $54
7th Napa Ballentine Vineyards, Zinfandel Old Vines, 2007, $20
8th Napa Ballentine Vineyards, Petite Sirah, 2008, $14
The Winner
9th Napa Jarvis Winery, Chardonnay, 2008, $70


Napa won our World Series, 7 to 2. Last year Sonoma won 5 to 4, Napa being only a sip away.


And a Final Wine Smile

At a Napa Valley winery, we enjoyed a very entertaining one-man show put on by an elderly movie star.

After the show, a reporter congratulated the actor, and asked him why he didn't retire and just go fishing.

His answer? "Fish don't applaud."


Tastings: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ruby Dequis and 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 © 2011, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.

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