by Fred McMillin
for May 27, 1997

Yorkville Fills the Bill

No fungicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. That's Proprietor Ed Wallo's policy at Yorkville Cellars. Does it work? My panel thinks so. The winner of Best White at our last tasting was Ed's '95 Semillon... 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 100% classy. I've tasted similar blends in the Graves District of Bordeaux and this Yorkville is just as pleasing...a substantial mouthful with fine fig flavors.

1995 Semillon, Mendocino County
Yorkville Cellars
Yorkville, CA, population 25
Phone: (707) 894-9177

Category: Highly Recommended in its price range

Postscript: The Name Game: Yorkville is named after the English York family that settled on this Mendocino land 140 years ago. The Mendocino name appeared even earlier. In 1542, Portuguese mariner Juan Rodriquez named a California cape after his boss, Mexican Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza. Hence, the town and county called Mendocino.

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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