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by Fred McMillin
Winery of the Week
|10th||-||Grenache, Columbia Valley, Washington State, 97, $9|
|9th||-||Blue Franc, Washington State, '97, $11|
|8th||-||Chardonnay, California, '96, $14|
|7th||-||Merlot, Lake County, $15|
|6th||-||Cabernet Franc, Clear Lake, '96, $12|
|5th||-||Syrah, Lake County, '97, $12|
|4th||-||Syrah, Lake County, '98, $12|
|3rd||-||Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, '97, $13|
|2nd||-||Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, '96, $15|
|1st||-||Pinot Noir, Carneros, '97, $14 (label pictured)|
If you want a good red wine in the $12 to $15 range, grab a Shooting Star.
a)Contact: Phone (707)279-9475, FAX (707)279-9633
b)Why so many Lake County wines? (Originally, the region was the northern part of Napa County.) Well, Jed first achieved fame as the winemaker for Kendall-Jackson in Lake County. When he went out on his own in 1991, his reputation was so great that his first production was sold out before it was made. The next year, he added the Shooting Star label. Most of them were made in Lake County, and they still are.
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers. 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.
This page created September 2000