by Fred McMillin
for March 17, 1997

The Bay Area's Boisset (bwah-say)

In France, Jean-CLAUDE Boisset started turning out fine Burgundies over 30 years ago. Today, in the USA, his son, Jean-CHARLES Boisset, turns out some pretty fine California wines, too. They wear such labels as Lyeth, Christophe, Joliesse and Wheeler. A good example is the latest Wheeler Sangiovese, created by the gifted Julia Iantosca, who has guided many a vintage since Ingrid and William Wheeler established their winery in 1970, 22 years before Boisset purchased it.

1994 Sangiovese, Appellation—California
William Wheeler Winery
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Contact: Boisset USA, 650 Fifth St., San Francisco, (415) 979-0630

Categroy: Highly Recommended

Postscript: Ladies, this is your wine. Not only did a lady make it, but the 13 ladies in my Ft. Mason wine class rated it 50% higher than did the men. So, you must try it.

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 and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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