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by Fred McMillin
for July 2005



Our 20 Best Buys of 2005...So Far


Northern hemisphere money is being pumped into southern hemisphere viticulture, where wine quality is rising faster than costs. Hence, we expect our list to show plenty of...

Down Under Thunder

So here are the winners, the top Chardonnay bargain, the top Merlot, etc. The wine with the most bang for the buck is listed last. (Name of importer is shown in parentheses.)

All results are coded, so like you, I have no idea what we'll find.


Our Top Twenty Bargains

Rank   The Wine
20th Viogner, Don Miguel Gason, Argentina, (Pasternak), 2003, $12
19th Gentil, Hugel, Alsace, France, (Wildman), 2003, $11
18th Rhone-Style Red, Cotes Du Consumnes, Charles Mitchell, Paso Robles, $9, (A 1997 from my cellar)
17th Pinot Noir, Rincon Privado, Argentina, 1999, $10 (Gaucho)
16th Pinot Grigio, Meridian, California, 2000, $11
15th White Rhone, Cotes Du Rhone, Louis Bernard, France, 2001, $11, (Boisset)
14th Rioja, Campo Viejo Crianza, (Allied Domecq), Spain, 1999, $10
13th Tawny Port, Benjamin, Australia (Beringer Blass), Non-Vintage, $12
12th Semillon, Jacob's Creek, Australia, (Pernod Ricard), 2003, $8
11th Merlot, Barton & Guestier, Pays d'Oc, France, 2002, $7
10th Shiraz-Cabernet Blend, Jacob's Creek, Australia, (Pernod Ricard), 2002, $8
9th Vouvray Chenin Blanc, Georges Meugey, Loire, France (Boisset USA), 2003, $11
8th Mourvedre, Chateau La Paws, San Francisco Bay, 2002, $11
7th Chenin Blanc, Bogle, Clarksburg, 2003, $7
6th White Dessert, Rudolf Muller Spatlese, Germany (Winesellers), 2002, $9
5th Cabernet Sauvignon, Reynolds, Australia, (Trinchero), 2002, $8
4th Barefoot Bubbly Chardonnay Champagne, California, Non-Vintage, $7
3rd Chardonnay, Falling Star, Argentina, (Wildman), 2004, $5
2nd Sauvignon Blanc, Crane Lake, California, 2003, $4
1st Shiraz, Leaping Horse, Ironstone, Lodi, 2001, $5


Six from Europe, seven from California, and seven from the southern hemisphere, four Australian and three from Argentina.

Last year our list had only two from below the equator. Those investments are paying off!


And a Parting Chuckle

Sign on a wine delivery truck: The driver carries no cash. He is MARRIED!

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.




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