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by Fred McMillin
What's Red Sunshine?
"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine." Attributed to French gourmand Brillat-Savarin, 1755-1826
My wife: "Bring home plenty of sunshine because tonight we're having leftover meatloaf."
My budget: "Don't spend more than $15 for that bottle of red sunshine."
The Best $15 Reds
OK. Let's see which California red wines in the $13 to $15 price range have topped my recent Ft. Mason tastings in San Francisco. Zinfandels usually dominate this range. Fifteen dollar Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have seldom scored well in the past.
Our Top Ten
These are the top ten, with the best listed last.
As expected, Zinfandel landed the most wines on the list. However, California Syrah and Pinot Noir have been getting nice notices in the press lately, and sure enough, they both landed two spots on the list. I'm going to take one of them home tonight for my red sunshine.
The New York Times called Brillat-Savarin the "greatest of gastronomic writers." He was born Jean-Anthelme Brillat. So why the "Savarin?" Well, he was a judge in the French legal systern. His wealthy aunt told him that if he would add her surname, Savarin, to his, he would be her sole heir. CASE CLOSED!
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