Warning: include(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_include=0 in /home/twoway/public_html/food/wineday/1999/wd1099/wd102599.html on line 28

Warning: include(http://globalgourmet.com/includes/banner468.html): failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /home/twoway/public_html/food/wineday/1999/wd1099/wd102599.html on line 28

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'http://globalgourmet.com/includes/banner468.html' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/twoway/public_html/food/wineday/1999/wd1099/wd102599.html on line 28

 

by Fred McMillin
for October 25, 1999

 

It's Mother-in-Law's Day!

 

Prologue

Wedding in Santa Clara Valley, 1881—Dashing, debonnair, French vintner Pierre Huste Mirassou marries Henrietta Pellier. He is soon making wine from French vines saved by his in-laws, Pierre and Henriette Pellier. So, Henritte Pellier is our Mother-In Law of the Year. Here's how she and her husband saved some of the first cuttings shipped to California from Bordeaux.

Henritte Pellier

Our Mother-in-Law of the Year Henriette Pellier and husband Pierre soon after they arrived with their Bordeaux cuttings in 1856.


The Rest of the Story

Robert Balzer describes the couple's scary, 1856 adventure this way...

The voyage with those precious cuttings seemed doomed. The sailing ship was becalmed. For days, the ship lay motionless on the glassy, flat Atlantic. The sails hung limp from the riggings. Some of the passengers prayed. The Pelliers were denied any further water to keep their withering saplings moist. Suddenly, an inspiration. There were great sacks of potatoes in the hold. They negotiated the purchase of the potatoes with the captain, split the ends, inserted a cutting in each, and saved the whole venture!


Our Toast to Henriette

Tonight's toast MUST be from a grape of French origin. One of modern Mirasson's best is Pinot Blanc...you'll find it's a real mouthful with pleasing French-oak flavors, as well.

1997 Reserve Pinot Blanc, Monterey County
Mirassou Vineyards, Santa Clara, CA.
Rating—Overall critical appraisal is that this varietal ranks right up with Chardonnay as one of Mirassou's two best whites. My panel gave the 1997 a rousing RECOMMENDED. Over 85% of the tasters rated it GOOD or better.
Food Affinity—Shellfish with pasta; Swordfish taco at the Cafe Marimba in San Francisco.
New Awards Record—When I last checked, this Blanc had averaged two gold medals for six successive years. Not bad!
Contact—Director of Communications Dave Muret, (408) 274-4000, FAX (408) 270-5881
Price—$17


Postscript

Quick! What winery produces the most Pinot Blanc in the world? Answer...Mirassou.

 
About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

 
 

WineDay Annex

More articles by
Fred McMillin

 

Welcome to WineDay, the electronic Gourmet Guide's daily update. Monday through Thursday, WineDay presents a wine profile. Then on Fridays we present the Winery of the Week to take you through the weekend.

 

10/22/99
Winery of the Week

Away with Callaway

10/21/99
The Best of the Best

10/20/99
Hurrah for Syrah

10/19/99
Reely, Reely BIG

10/18/99
Picking a Pinot

10/15/99
Winery of the Week

The Draper Caper

10/14/99
A Big Blanc

10/13/99
Beautiful Lady,
Beautiful Wine

10/12/99
"The Admiral"
and the Vine

10/11/99
A Red-Hot Long Shot

10/08/99
Winery of the Week

Euphoria

10/07/99
For Golfers Only

10/06/99
The Oldest Cookbook

10/05/99
Tough Love

10/04/99
Our Wine World Series

10/01/99
Winery of the Week

From Goat to Oak

Current WineDay

January WineDays
February WineDays
March WineDays
April WineDays
May WineDays
June WineDays
Summer Vacation
September WineDays

1998 WineDays

1997 WineDays

 
The Global Gourmet

Copyright © 1999—the electronic Gourmet Guide, Inc. All rights reserved.