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Who Won Global Gourmet's
Wine World Series,
Napa or Sonoma?

by Fred McMillin


For our Wine World Series, we matched the two best wine districts in the New World, Napa vs. Sonoma. Each team had 45 members. For example, in the first inning the five best Napa Chardonnays were up against the five best Sonoma Chardonnays.

Here are the winners by inning:

Wine World Series
Inning Best Wine
1st Napa Jarvis-Finch Hollow, Chardonnay, $70
2nd Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Musque-Sauvignon Blanc, $25
3rd Napa Domaine Carneros, Brut Rosé Sparkler, $36
4th Napa Peju Provence, Zinfandel, $28
5th Sonoma Gary Farrell, Star Ridge Pinot Noir, $50
6th Sonoma Hawkes Vineyards, Merlot, $30
7th Sonoma Dry Creek Vineyards, Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon, $55
8th Napa Hess Collection, 19 Block Cuvée, Red Blend, $35

So we are all tied. Each district has won four innings going into the ninth.

The Winner Is...
9th Napa Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Dessert Eisrebe, $50 (375ml)


So Napa won our Wine World Series, but Sonoma was only a sip behind.


Now Let's Think Pink

I never promised you a Rosé garden...

Global Gourmet reader Rose V. asked this question about her namesake wine, ro-zay: "What are the best rosé wines your panel has tasted recently?" Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • Kenwood Vineyards, Pinot Noir Rosé, $13
  • Pedroncelli Vineyards, Zinfandel Dry Rosé, $10
  • Steele Wines, Cabernet Franc Rosé, $15

And a Final Wine Smile

Wine improves with age. The older I get, the more I like it.


Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


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 © 2009, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.


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