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by Fred McMillin
for June 2000

 

Bargain Bottles

Ironstorne Vineyard  
 

Our last S.F. City College, Ft. Mason Campus, course was dedicated to finding good wines that cost no more than $10. Here's our Fearsome Fifteen, with the best bottle listed last.

 
15th - Cotes-du-Rhone, Barton & Guestier, France, Importer—Seagram, '97, $9
14th - Merlot, San Telmo, Mendoza, Argentina, '99, $10
13th - Merlot, Errazuriz (R. Mondavi), Curico Valley, Chile, '99, $8
12th - Chardonnay, Fortant De France (Kobrand), Vin De Pays D'0c, France, '97 $7
11th - Pinot Noir, Duck Pond, Willamette Valley, Ore., '98, $9
10th - "Adulteress" white blend, Adler Fels, Sonoma, '98, $10
9th - Spumanti "Fre" Non-alcoholic Sparkler, Sutter Home, No date, $6
8th - Zinfandel, Home Ranch, Fetzer, California, '97, $9
7th - Shiraz (Syrah), Ironstone Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, '97, $9 (pictured)
6th - Sauvignon Blanc, R.H. Phillips, Dunnigan Hills, '98, $6
5th - Sauvignon Blanc, Buena Vista, California, '98, $9
4th - Chenin Blanc, Beringer, California, '98, $7
3rd - Chardonnay, R. Mondavi Woodbridge, California, '97, $8
2nd - Gewurztraminer, Hogue, Columbia Valley, '99, $8
1st - Johannisberg Riesling, Jekel, Monterey, '98, $9
 

Comments:

  • No red made the top six.
  • We've never had a non-alcoholic "wine" do as well previously as the Sutter Home "Fre." Nice for the Designated Driver.
  • The first wine Jekel released caused a sensation. The year was 1978 and the label read Johannisberg Riesling! Looks like they've not lost their touch.
 


This page created June 2000

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