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by Fred McMillin


We're talking about wines, not people. When invited to a friend's dinner, what wine to bring? On Wine reader Kirk Stoller asked the question; his budget will allow up to $60 for a bottle.

The Answer

At my Ft. Mason (S.F. City College) classes we occasionally find a wine that every lady and gent rate very good. So they probably will please everyone at a friend's dinner. Here are those winning wines...


Winning Wines

On Wine: Winning Wines
Chardonnay, Hess, $25, 2006
Pinot Gris, King Estate, $25, 2006
Sauvignon Blanc, J.Phelps, $32, 2005
Viognier, J. Phelps, $50, 2001
Brut Rosé, Domaine Carneros, $36, NV
Roussanne (botryised), Bonny Doon, $30, 2006
Cabernet Franc, St. Supery, $40, 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon, Grgich Hills Estate, $60, 2004
La Vita, Bargetto, $50, 2002
Meritage, Dry Creek, $40, 2004
Petite Sirah, Silkwood, $39, 2004
Pinot Noir, G. Farrell, $38, 2002
Syrah, Adelaida, $55, 2003

A Final Wine Smile

Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher and satirist, wrote: "Wine is the divine juice of September."


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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