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by Fred McMillin
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What Wine Do I
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What To Buy? The Short Answer
Buy the Mondavi Chardonnay and Beringer Nouveau Year 2001, that has just been released. (pictured)
What To Buy? The Long Answer
For those who wish to grace their meal with more wines, here are some appropriate, high-scoring bottles from our recent blind tastings.
Aperitif - 1998 Vouvray by Michel Picard, Loire,
Soup - One or two tablespoons of Sherry or Madeira
add elegance to the aroma and flavor of each bowl. We enjoy
soup three or four times a week, and these are the bottles
in our frig:
Sherry—Harvey's Club Classic Sherry, Medium Dry (Amontillado), $14. Contact—George Rose's office, FX (707) 433-3538.
Madeira—Cossart Gordon Bual, $20, Contact: Dixie Gill, FX (415) 401-1712.
An Alternate Chardonnay—If the budget won't
handle the Mondavi, here's a big bargin, with sufficient
An Alternative Red—If you wish a little more fruity intensity than the Nouveau, grab the Daniel Gehrs '99 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, $25. My picky panel gave it an excellent. FX (805) 688-6121.
Cheese and Chocolate- Our spectrum of friends
love a post-entrée course of chatting, cheese and chocolate...with
a purple powerhouse Napa Cabernet...my tasters gave a rare
excellent to the Jarvis "Lake William" blend, '98,
Dessert—Kendall-Jackson Late Harvest Chardonnay, $20 for 375 ml. (1/2 bottle). The panel gave it a stratospheric ninety four. Botrytis at its best. Give it a simple dessert background...French vanilla ice cream and assorted, crisp cookies, or poppy seed cake with a simple icing. Gobble, gobble!
Since we're going to celebrate a USA holiday, let us suggest including the USA's best wine grape, the Norton. At $20, buy the Private Reserve St. James Winery's Norton, Missouri, 1997. Contact Ann Miller, FX (573) 265-6200.
This page created November 2001