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Jordan Vineyards Chardonnay


Affordable Chardonnays
(and Cabernets)

by Fred McMillin


In my San Francisco City College classes at Fort Mason Campus, we tasted a number of affordable Chardonnays.

Here they are:


Good - $10 Max

R.Mondavi (Woodbridge), Calif., 2009, $8
Targovishte Winery, (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Bulgaria, 2009, $9


Very Good - $15 Max

Chateau Julien, Monterey County, 2009, $12
Concannon Vineyards, Livermore, 2008, $15
Pedroncelli Winery, Dry Creek Valley, 2009, $12


Very, Very Good - $20 Max

Daniel Gehrs Wines, Monterey County, 2008, $20
Foggy Bridge Winery, S.F., 2008, $18
Jordan Winery, Russian River Valley, 2008, $29
Sonoma-Cutter, Russian River Ranches, 2008, $23


What about Cabs?

Global reader Simone Laplante of Los Angeles, prefers Cabernet Sauvignon and asks for some good ones.

Here they are:


$15 Max

Jekel Vineyards, Monterey County, 2007, $15
Napa Ridge Winery, Napa Valley, 2007, $12


$20 Max

Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Monterey County, 2008, $18
Daniel Gerhs Wines, Central Coast, 2007, $20
Pedroncelli Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2008, $16


$60 Max

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards, Alexander Valley, 2007, $30
Jordan Vineyards, Alexander Valley, 2006, $52
Yorkville Cellars, Mendocino County, 2006, $28


And a Final Wine Smile

When our son was a vigorous 15-year-old, I was surprised that on his own he bought his mom a beautiful Mother's Day card with a very nice sentiment on the front. The message inside said, "What's for lunch?"


Tastings: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


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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