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Best Buy Wines of 2009

by Fred McMillin


On Wine reader Mrs. Luciclare Young asked for our Best Buy Wines of the past year. So, here they are:

(For both the whites and the reds the further you go down the list the better the buy.)

White Best Buys 2009
Price Wine
$10 Concannon Vineyards, Pinot Grigio, 2008
$9 Targovishte Winery, Bulgaria, Muscat Ottonel, 2007
$10 Fat Cat Wines, Calif., Pinot Grigio, 2007
$12 Napa Ridge Winery, Chardonnay, 2007
$10 Bogle Vineyards, Chardonnay, 2007
$10 Bogle Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2007
$8 Forest Glen Winery, White Merlot, 2007
$8 Targovishte Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, 2007
$8 G. Meurgey, France, Vouvray (Chenin Blanc), 2007
$8 Coastal Ridge Winery, Chardonnay, 2007
Red Best Buys 2009
Price Wine
$9 Fetzer Vineyards, Merlot, 2004
$9 Kendall-Jackson Vineyards, Pinot Noir, 2005
$11 Bogle Vineyards, Petite Sirah, 2008
$10 Fat Cat Cellars, Pinot Noir, 2006
$10 Harlow Ridge Winery, Pinot Noir, 2007
$10 Chateau Julien, Merlot-Barrel Aged, 2002
$8 Redwood Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
$9 Rex Goliath Wines, Merlot, NV
$10 Wyndham Estate, Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon-Bin 444, 2001
$6 Forestville Vineyards, Malbec, 2005

And a Final Gourmet Grin

Sign at the entrance to a local bistro: Come in before we BOTH starve!


Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado and Ruby Dequis


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for over 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.

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