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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
Bargetto Winery
Sequel, CA
Contact—Phone (408)475-2258, ask for Martin Bargetto
$12

Category: Recommended

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 They founded their winery on Dec. 5, 1933, the very day that Prohibition was repealed!


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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