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Affordable Cabernet Sauvignon


by Fred McMillin


Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Which Cab is fairest of them all?

Global Gourmet reader Mrs. Christine Silver asked what Cab under $20 has scored highest recently in my Fort Mason (S.F.City College) classes?

At higher prices we would expect Napa Valley to dominate. Let°s see if that is the case for this lower price range? Here are the 14 best we have sipped.

On Wine: Rankings
Affordable Cabernet Sauvignons
14th Jacob's Creek (Wyndham), South Australia, 2002, $13
13th Trinchero Family, Lake County, 2004, $12
12th Lockwood Vineyards, Monterey County, 2005, $14
11th Daniel Gerhs Winery, Santa Barbara County, 2005, $17
10th Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County, 2005, $19
9th Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2005, $18
8th Fat Cat Wines (Bronco), California, 2005, $10
7th Napa Ridge Winery, Napa Valley, 2004, $12
6th Lockwood Vineyards, Monterey County, 2004, $19
5th Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County, 2001, $19
4th Angove's (Trinchero), Australia, 2004, $19
3rd Barefoot Cellars, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 2001, $17
2nd Hahn Estates, Central Coast, 2005, $14
And the winner is...
1st Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2003, $15


No Napa dominance here. Sonoma had four on the list to Napa's one.


And a Final Wine Smile

Ouch! I saw this review of a book I liked. The book: Wine for Dummies. The review: "It is."


Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

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.


Copyright © 2009, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.


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