by Fred McMillin
for April 21, 1997
Drink the Gold
Disaster! The Bargetto brothers, Philip and John, had left the mountainous winegrowing region of Piedmont, Italy and were setting up shop in the mountainous winegrowing region of Santa Cruz. Then Prohibition was declared, and all bets were off. However,they hung in there and founded their winery when the skies cleared in the 1930's.
Today, the Bargetto family still operates the winery. Their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon draw the most attention...but they have another winner, a BIG winner. It's won nine successive Gold Medals. The 1992 beat all the competition for most awards for that varietal, which is Gewurztraminer. They produce both a dry and an off-dry (has a tad of sugar). My tasters gave a slight edge to the dry.
1996 Dry Gewurztraminer, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Postscript: As to those Bargetto beginnings, Philip and John were really READY to make wine, once it again became legal. They founded their winery on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day that Prohibition was repealed!
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