by Fred McMillin
On Wine reader Christine Silver asked why we didn't print our usual Best Wines of the past year. Answer: We just finished the review and here are the 10 Best Values and the 10 Very Best Wines.
10 Best Values|
|10th||$10||Shenandoah Vineyards, Reserve Zinfandel, 2002|
|9th||$9||Black Swan Shiraz-Cabernet, 2004|
|8th||$8||G. Meurgey Vouvray, France, 2005|
|7th||$10||Red Electra, Quady, 2006|
|6th||$8||Cabernet Sauvignon, Domain Boyar, Bulgaria, 2003|
|5th||$7||Pinot Grigio, Coastal Ridge, 2006|
|4th||$7||Riesling, Coastal Ridge, 2004|
|3rd||$6||Chenin Blanc, Forestville, 2005|
|2nd||$6||Cabernet Merlot, Little Boomey, 2004 Australia|
|1st||$5||Malbec, Crane Lake, 2005|
Our Terrific Ten|
|10th||Zinfandel||Lake Sonoma Winery, 2004, $30|
|9th||Cabernet Sauvignon||Icaria Creek Winery, 2002, $39|
|8th||Zinfandel-Heritage Clones||Dry Creek Vineyards, 2003, $15|
|7th||Zinfandel||Gary Farrell Vineyards, 2003, $36|
|6th||Barbera-Signature||Bargetto Winery, Monterey County, 2005, $14|
|5th||Pinot Noir||Gary Farrell Vineyards, 2004, $60|
|4th||Cabernet Sauvignon||Silver Oak Cellars, 1992, $150|
|3rd||Cabernet Sauvignon||Trinchero, 2002, $50|
|2nd||Cabernet Sauvignon||Simi Vineyards, 2003, $26|
|1st||Cabernet Sauvignon||Jarvis Wines, 2002, $80|
We had hoped to find lots of Best Values at $5 or less and Best Wines under $30. Alas, we had only one of each. To borrow the words of the U. of Missouri's Prof. George Hussman (1827-1902). Those wines we hoped for "were like angels' visits, FEW AND FAR BETWEEN."
In James Beard's Greenwich Village town house, many moons ago, my wife and I were taking a cooking lesson. He introduced a new cookbook author who also taught us how to make a variety of onion tarts. Afterwards, we bought the book, and the author signed it. "For Fred and Ruth McMillin—Best wishes and quiches—JULIA CHILD!"
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.
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