by Fred McMillin
We sip a lot of wines in our Fort Mason (S.F. City College) classes. Here are the best 23 we have tasted so far this year. That is, the best Chardonnay, best Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.
Did one of the highly-touted Napa Valley Cabs win, since they are usually the favorite?
Best Wines of 2009 So Far|
|23rd||Chenin Blanc, $12, Dry Creek Vineyards, Clarksburg, 2007|
|22nd||Zinfandel Rosé, $10, Pedroncelli Winery, Sonoma County, 2006|
|21st||Malbec, $14, Lockwood Vineyards, Monterey County, 2006|
|20th||Gewürztraminer, $11, Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2007|
|19th||Riesling, $13, Royal Rheingau Vintners, Germany, 2004|
|18th||Sauvignon Blanc, $23, St. Supery Estate, Napa Valley, 2007|
|17th||Chardonnay, $16, De Loach Vineyards, Russian River, 2006|
|16th||Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, $36, Domaine Carneros, Napa Valley, NV|
|15th||Barbera, $22, Sunset Cellars, Napa Valley, 2004|
|14th||Cabernet Franc, $40, St. Supery Estate, Napa Valley, 2004|
|13th||Merlot, $30, Hawkes Vineyards, Alexander Valley, 2004|
|12th||Eisrebe (dessert), $50, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2007|
|11th||Trilogy (blend white), $65, Flora Springs Winery, Napa Valley, 2004|
|10th||Pinot Noir, $50, Gary Farrell Vineyards, Russian River Valley, 2004|
|9th||Pinot Gris, $17, King Estate, Oregon, 2007|
|8th||Petit Verdot, $40, Jarvis Wines, Napa Valley, 2005|
|7th||Zinfandel, $18, Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2005|
|6th||Red Bordeaux, $20, Chateau Greysac, (Diageo) France,(Medoc), 2003|
|5th||Deviation Aromatized (dessert), Quady Winery, Calif., NV|
|4th||Petite Sirah, $39, Silkwood Wines, Stanislaus County, 2004|
|3rd||Lake William (blend), $60, Jarvis Wines, Napa County, 2001|
|2nd||Syrah, $28, Steele Wines, Sonoma County, Parmelee Hill, 2005|
The Winner Is...|
|1st||Cabernet Sauvignon, $70, Corison Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2004|
Yep, a Napa Valley cab won as expected.
In World War II, British Field Marshall Montgomery found cases of caviar in captured enemy quarters. He promptly had them distributed to his troops and then walked through their grounds to enjoy the smiles. Suddenly, one soldier popped out of his tent, saluted smartly, and reported, "Sir, this jam tastes fishy."
Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado
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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