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Copyright © 2016
by Fred McMillin
for January 2002
Best Winery of 2001
"When its now-dormant resources shall be developed, California [will] produce as noble and generous a wine as any in Europe."
—Col. Agoston Haraszthy
Father of California Viticulture
Written in 1862
It's 140 years later and those winegrowing resources are no longer dormant. Here are our 10 California wineries that did the best job with them in year 2001.
The Top Ten
10th—Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley
9th—Steele Wines, Lake County
8th—Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley
7th—Folie à Deux, Napa Valley
6th—Gary Farrell Wines, Sonoma County
5th—Beringer Vineyards, Napa Valley
4th—Beaulieu Vineyard, Napa Valley
3rd—Grgich Hills Cellars, Napa Valley
2nd—Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley
1st—Jarvis, Napa Valley
* Good Losers—The Napa Valley, propelled by its great Cabs, won eight of the
ten top spots. However, there were a number of non-Napas that came very close, including Geyser Peak (Sonoma), Kendall-Jackson (Sonoma), Renaissance (Sierra Foothills) and Sanford (Santa Barbara County).
* The Tchelistcheff Touch—Taught by his dad (the great André), Dimitri Tchelistcheff made the wines that finished third two years ago (see Dec. 31, 1999 WineDay), that finished second last year (see Dec. 29, 2000 WineDay), and that landed the winery in first place this year, JARVIS.
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
This page created January 2002