by Fred McMillin
|8th||-||McWilliam's Hanwood Riesling, Australia, 2004, $11, screwcap|
|7th||-||White Zinfandel, Riverside (Foppiano), 2004, $6, screwcap|
|6th||-||Syrah, Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2003, $14, screwcap|
|5th||-||Merlot, Canoe Ridge Winery, Washington, 2002, $20|
|4th||-||Pinot Noir, Elkhorn Peak, Napa Valley, 2002, $30|
|3rd||-||Vouvray (Chenin Blanc), Chateau de Montfort, Loire, Diageo Imports, 2004, $13|
|2nd||-||Reynolds Chardonnay, Australia, Trinchero Imports, 2004, $8|
|1st||-||Old Vines Zinfandel, Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2004, $13|
Six of the eight wines were UNDER $14, even though most of the 80 wines cost more than that! In other words, the difference in ratings occurred with the less expensive wines. Why?
Most women have more taste buds than most men. Therefore, they tend to be more sensitive to excess flavors. So, a robust Zinfandel with 16% alcohol may please the men but the ladies feel so much more bite and heat that they shudder instead of smile. So, the less expensive wines apparently contain more palate-shockers.
If you're having a stag dinner, you don't have to spend so much on the wine. Sorry fellows!
A British connoisseur was asked whether he preferred wine or women. After a considerable pause, he replied, "It depends on their vintage."
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Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
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