by Fred McMillin
for March 3, 1997

Who Made This House Wine?

Lunching at San Francisco's Neiman Marcus, I found the white house wine very pleasing... light... distinct touch of oak... refreshing but not too tart.. more melon than herbs or lemon... probably a '95 California Chardonnay. So, we asked the waiter, who graciously brought this bottle.

1995 Vendange Chardonnay, Appellation—California
Sonoma Vendange Winery
Woodbridge, California
Contact—Jason Breaw, (707)938-5532
Retail Price—$5

Category: Recommended in its Price Range

Postscript: You probably know what "vendange" means (French for the grape harvest)? but do you know who owns the Sonoma Vendange Winery? It's none other than the six-million-case Sonoma juggernaut, Sebastiani.

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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