by Fred McMillin
Our Wine World Series
(National anthem fades out.) Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the seventh and deciding game of the Wine World Serious. As you know, the contest is between California's first star franchise, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the varietal that only recently has achieved major-league status in the Golden State...Pinot Noir. Salary cap considerations limit the entries to a maximum price of $30, so we have three $30 1995 Cabs paired against three $30 1997 Pinots. Each pair goes three innings. Let's get it on....
My umpire Edgar Vogt took great care to see that the panel could not even see the bottle shape, since the Cab entries had high shoulders and the Pinot sloping shoulders. After the voting, the bottles came out of the sacks and here are the winners:
First three innings—Pinot Noir by Gary Farrell.
So, the Pinots are our 1999 World Champions. And who was voted the Most Valuable Player? It's our Wine of the Day.
The Most Valuable Player
Robert Mondavi 1997 Pinot Noir
About Executive Chef Annie Roberts (pictured), my wife and I were startled by her talents on Oct. 25,1975. We were going to serve Game Hens Armagnac as part of a food and wine lesson at the Robert Mondavi winery. The daughter of the winery's PR director Margrit Biever, she looked over our recipe and then did a beautiful job of preparing the birds (see photo). Spell that PRECOCIOUS!
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