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by Fred McMillin
|5th||-||Johannisberg Riesling, Fetzer, Calif., '98, $8|
|4th||-||Gewurztraminer, Beringer, Calif., '98, $7|
|3rd||-||Sauvignon Blanc, Amberhill Calif., '97, $6|
|2nd||-||Johannisberg Riesling, Wente, Central Coast, Calif., '97, $6|
This was a suprise. The oldest wine grape in the world yielded the only $5 wine all year that every panelist said tasted good, or even better. The grape is the Muscat of Alexandria and the wine is...
|Winner||-||Moscato (light dessert wine),
Sutter Home, '97, $5.
(Serve with sharp white cheese on water crackers, or with un-iced pound cake.)
Raisin production in California is big business. In fact, in the 1960s, as many grapes were made into raisins as were used to make wine. The Golden State raisin business was started by the legendary Count Agoston Haraszthy in the 1850s when he brought from Europe...The Muscat of Alexandria.
| About the
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.
This page created January 2000