by Fred McMillin
Welcome to the Seventh (?) Month
The Rest of the Story
Wait just a darn minute. September is the ninth month of the year, not the SEVENTH. How come?
Well, September WAS the SEVENTH month in the old Roman calendar; in 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added two months. Now September was the ninth month, but the name was not changed.
Selecting Today's Wine
Alright. To start SEPTEMber, we're picking a good wine with plenty of sevens in its resumé. Here it is.
It is the 1997 Carmenet Reserve Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon.
The Carmenet winery and estate vineyard are located
high on the eastern slopes of the Sonoma Valley,
that produce outstanding Bordeaux-style reds.
However, as part of the Chalone Wine Group,
Carmenet gained access to some outstanding white
grapes about two decades ago. They were from the
650-acre Paragon Vineyard planted in 1973 in the
marine-cooled Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo.
The Paragon Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
blend by Carmenet was born.
What have critics thought of it through the years?
My panel agrees. They found it to be one of the three or four best Sauvignon Blanc-based wines tasted this year. The details...
Wine of the Day
Sauvignon Blanc (70%)/Semillon (30%)
Postscript—Hard Times at Obispo
Some of California's earliest wine grapes were grown in the Edna Valley. The San Luis Obispo Mission's friars grew grapes and other produce in the valley. And the yields were much appreciated. The startup rations donated from the few other missions consisted of "a small box of sugar, some wheat seed, fifty pounds of flour, and a little chocolate." As if the food situation wasn't bad enough, three times the local Indians shot flaming arrows into the dried-grass roof of the mission, burning it to the ground. But what has all of this got to do with Sept. 1st? The San Luis Obispo Mission was founded in 1772 on SEPTEMBER 1st!
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