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Top Twenty Wines of 2007


by Fred McMillin

On Wine reader Christine Silver asked why we didn't print our usual Best Wines of the past year. Answer: We just finished the review and here are the 10 Best Values and the 10 Very Best Wines.

On Wine: Rankings
10 Best Values
10th $10 Shenandoah Vineyards, Reserve Zinfandel, 2002
9th $9 Black Swan Shiraz-Cabernet, 2004
8th $8 G. Meurgey Vouvray, France, 2005
7th $10 Red Electra, Quady, 2006
6th $8 Cabernet Sauvignon, Domain Boyar, Bulgaria, 2003
5th $7 Pinot Grigio, Coastal Ridge, 2006
4th $7 Riesling, Coastal Ridge, 2004
3rd $6 Chenin Blanc, Forestville, 2005
2nd $6 Cabernet Merlot, Little Boomey, 2004 Australia
1st $5 Malbec, Crane Lake, 2005
On Wine: Rankings
Our Terrific Ten
10th Zinfandel Lake Sonoma Winery, 2004, $30
9th Cabernet Sauvignon Icaria Creek Winery, 2002, $39
8th Zinfandel-Heritage Clones Dry Creek Vineyards, 2003, $15
7th Zinfandel Gary Farrell Vineyards, 2003, $36
6th Barbera-Signature Bargetto Winery, Monterey County, 2005, $14
5th Pinot Noir Gary Farrell Vineyards, 2004, $60
4th Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Oak Cellars, 1992, $150
3rd Cabernet Sauvignon Trinchero, 2002, $50
2nd Cabernet Sauvignon Simi Vineyards, 2003, $26
1st Cabernet Sauvignon Jarvis Wines, 2002, $80


We had hoped to find lots of Best Values at $5 or less and Best Wines under $30. Alas, we had only one of each. To borrow the words of the U. of Missouri's Prof. George Hussman (1827-1902). Those wines we hoped for "were like angels' visits, FEW AND FAR BETWEEN."


And A Final Gourmet Grin

In James Beard's Greenwich Village town house, many moons ago, my wife and I were taking a cooking lesson. He introduced a new cookbook author who also taught us how to make a variety of onion tarts. Afterwards, we bought the book, and the author signed it. "For Fred and Ruth McMillin—Best wishes and quiches—JULIA CHILD!"


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He was voted one of the U.S.A's 22 Best wine writers by the Academy of Wine Communications. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.


Copyright © 2008, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.


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