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by Fred McMillin
A Red-Hot Long Shot
The wine in Sack F didn't have a chance of winning BEST OF TASTING, because:
Yet, F pulled 12% more votes than the red that finished second!
The Rest of the Story
Reviewing the literature, perhaps I shouldn't have been so suprised. There were plenty of indications that this is a grape on the rise. For example...
So, here's the white whose time has come.
1997 Viognier, Dry Creek Valley (vee-oh-nyeah)
Wine historians generally agree that Viognier originated in the Middle East. They do not agree on who brought it to France...early Greeks, Roman legions, returning French crusaders all have their supporters. In any case, there was a bit of a delay before it reached California...some 30 years ago.
Note: For much more about Judith and Bill, see the Aug. 20, 1997 WineDay titled, "A Slick Frick Cab".
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