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by Fred McMillin
Battle of the Big Boys. . .
|9th||-||NAPA||'98||$16||Sangiovese, Flora Springs|
|8th||-||SONOMA||'97||$14||Old Vine-Old Clone Zinfandel, Alderbrook|
|7th||-||NAPA||'99||$25||Pinot Noir, Acacia|
|6th||-||SONOMA||'98||$20||Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Chateau Souverain|
|5th||-||SONOMA||'98||$l5||Pinot Noir, Kenwood, Russian River Valley|
|4th||-||SONOMA||'97||$20||Cabernet Sauvignon, Belvedere, Dry Creek Valley|
|2nd||-||NAPA||'97||$16||Merlot, Charles Krug|
|1st||-||SONOMA||'97||$21||Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake Sonoma, Alexander Valley|
* The Napa Answer—We won half of the equal-price matches. You don't pay extra for having the words NAPA VALLEY on the label.
* The Sonoma Answer—Wait a minute. The median Napa wine was ranked 7th, while the median Sonoma was 5th. Our winners are better than your winners!
* Conclusion—Steven Brook is right. Sonoma is getting VERY competitive.
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 May 2002