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Copyright © 2015
Forkmedia LLC

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


  • 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