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Biggest Bargain Wines of 2011

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by Fred McMillin


We taste a lot of wines in our Fort Mason (S.F.City College) classes. Here are the best at pleasing both the palate and the wallet.



Best Buy Chardonnay:
3rd—Targovishte Winery (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Bulgaria, 2009, $9
2nd—Bogle Vineyards, California, 2009, $10
1st—Blackstone Winery (Folsom & Assoc.),Monterey County, 2009, $10

Best Buy Muscat:
1st—Ottonele, Targovishte Winery, Bulagaria, Black Sea, 2009, $9

Best Buy Sauvignon Blanc:
2nd—VINI Wines (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Thracean Valley, Bulgaria, 2009, $8
1st—Lyeth Estate, Sonoma County, 2009, $11

Best Buy Sparkler:
1st—Brut Cava/Jaume Serra Cristalino, Spain—Penedes, NV, $110

Best Buy White Table Wine:
1st—Roland Thevenin & Fits/ Southern France, NV, $9


Best Buy Red Blends:
2nd—friends.red, Pedroncelli Winery, Sonoma County, 2008, $10
1st—Seven-Red Wine of Spain, Bodega Osborne, Spain, $13/3L

Best Buy Cabernet Sauvignon:
1st—Napa Ridge Winery, Napa Valley, 2007, $12

Best Buy Merlot:
3rd—Bogle Vineyards, California, 2008, $11
2nd—Winemakers Select, Blackstone Winery, California,2008, $10
1st—Motos Liberty (Panther Rock Wine Co.), California, 2008, $11

Best Buy Petite Sirah: 1st—Parducci Vineyards, North Coast, Lake County, $7

Best Buy Syrah/Shiraz:
1st—Winemakers Select, Blackstone Winery, Monterey County, 2007, $10

Best Buy Zinfandel:
4th—Old Vine, Glen Ellen Winery, California, 2008, $10/1.5L
3rd—Old Vines, Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2007, $14
2nd—Leese-Fitch (The Other Guys), California, 2008, $14
1st—Old Vines Bogle Vineyards, California, 2008; $11


And a Final Wine Smile

A reader asked us to repeat the hot dog item published awhile ago. Here it is:

My favorite San Francisco hot dog cart sports a brilliant yellow umbrella with the words, MUSTARD'S LAST STAND!


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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