Outstanding Wines Under $15

“from experience”

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Introduction

INTRODUCTION I had a dilemma. During my 40 years as a professor at a prestigeous university I developed a sophisticated palate for the best of wines. But, on a professor’s salary, I lacked the means to satisfy my tastes on a regular basis Or so I thought. Out of necessity I made a study of wine the way I had made studies of Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, and John Wilmot. I prowled wine shops, read books, studied lists, downloaded information from the Internet, and sorted through thousands of pages of wine publications (and tasted a lot of wine). After years of research, much of it “in the field,” I culled a list of outstanding wines that practically anyone could afford. These are not just “pretty good” wines, or “fairly delicious” wines, or wines that are “great for the price.” These are “outstanding” wines, great at any price. No Bluenoses, Please This is not a book for pretentious wine snobs. Those who believe the measure of a wine is its price
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Besides. this book has wines you can find anywhere. people searching for special bottles from vineyards that consistently deliver remarkable tastes and unbeatable values. A Note on Price The prices here are actual or recommended prices. No matter if your local store is on Madison Avenue or is the local supermarket. You won’t. I would personally appreciate it if you email me any additions (or substractions) to me care of my publisher at shortcutpubs@hotmail. set by wineries and distributors. of course.com. I have been meticulous in omitting wines that should be drunk in the first year or which are starting to decline. find every wine in this book in every wine store. although the wines you 4 . Although there are a surprising number of outstanding wines for less than $15 (more than most people ever dreamed of) the list can never be truly complete. Since I am sure I have overlooked some worthy candidates. This is a book for true oenophiles.Introduction should seek their advice elsewhere. Take this book to your favorite wine shop to find outstanding bottles for less than $15. but you should find some anywhere you look.

5 . a difference of more than $150 per bottle). Each category is then subdivided by country. rated by the same panel of judges. receiving identical ratings (say a 91) vary by huge amounts (say. or a wine that is too old). On the other hand. It is not unusual to see two wines from the same year. and red in the second. an unscrupulous buyer will buy an unknown wine for a pittance and then mark up the price. The shorthand is designed to mimic the way a wine store arranges its wine so you can easily match the book to what you are seeing on the shelves. one bottle will be $12 and the other $170 (!). for example. then by kind of varietal (when appropriate) and then alphabetically by winery. Key to abbreviations and format I have created my own shorthand to help you navigate this book. of the same varietal.” White in the first half of the book. Wines are listed first by “red” and “white.Introduction buy might cost a little less or more. it probably is. There may well be something wrong with it (a case left out in the sun too long. That is. If you run across a price for a famous wine that sounds too good to be true. Another reason never to judge a wine by its price. Buyer beware.

You may follow your own method for shopping in a wine store. they also might be trying to rid themselves of a weak purchase. other classifications if pertinent. rating. area. I have used a shorthand to help you navigate this book. year. Check the wines on the shelf against the list in this book. to SPAIN. although wine sellers usually love to talk about wine. according to vineyard. You should also check the color and leakage for indications of a spoiled bottle. and price follows. year. and price. as an example. 6 . Starting with “Red Wine” in the second you can turn. You can ask the store owners for recommendations. but that can also be chancy.Introduction The specific information for each winery. but I recommend looking first for the country and kind of wine you want to buy.

a famous Spanish wine-growing region. $14 is the suggested price. Reccomended Years for Drinking 6. and then begin to decline. Harvest Year 7. $14. Experts believe these wines are as good or better than other wines that can sell at 2 to 40 times the recommended price (“R” means “recommended. 4. 8. The dates say the wine will be best through 2008. 94. 7 . Reserve 3. “Reserva” or Reserve means the grapes in the wine are from the winery’s own vineyard. Spain is the country of origin 2. Rating 5. and other places that publicize such ratings. Reserva. 5. Rioja is the varietal (or type of grape). wine newsletters. Rioja. HR. Bodega Sierra Cantabria is the name of the winery.” and refers recommendations by experts who have not designated a numerical rating). Good through 2008. Varietal 4. 7. named for the area.Introduction 1. wine Websites. Winery SPAIN Bodegas Sierra Cantabria. 3. The year of the harvest is 1994. 4. Country of origin 2. 8. HR means “Highly Recommended” (rated 90 or higher on a 100 point scale by panels or individual experts from the important wine journals. Suggested Price 1.

they can rarely learn your specific tastes. where the merchant has selected the wines personally and knows your tastes. 8 . Not just an outstanding wine. for example.Introduction A “!” after the listing means extraordinary value. often at a smaller wine retail store. this is not available to most of us. are made in this way). That is. but also a fantastic price for a wine of that caliber. with so many wines available and with prices constantly rising (and the quality of wines from the same wineries changing from year to year) it is impossible for any one person or group of persons to have complete coverage. Some large wine stores employ experts in different areas. Unfortunately. “NV” means nonvintage. The next best way to choose excellent wine is to rely on a conscientious wine merchant. a wine that is a blend of the vintages of several years to keep the taste the same every year (many notable Champagnes. Of course. and although they are useful for general descriptions. A Note on Buying The best way to find wines you like is to taste them.

and should be used warily to make a decision unless you are familiar with the specific wine. inexpensive wines from all over the world. A Note on Vintage Judging a wine solely by a year can be chancy. so you cannot rely on labels for outstanding wines. there are nonvintage wines (labelled NV) which by blending wines from different years achieve a predictable quality (good or bad). in “good” or “bad” vintages.Introduction The rating of wines by experts is a convenient substitute for the other methods. too. age. etc. and may have a run of excellent wines for years. and every wine lover knows price is nowhere near a reliable indicator of a wine’s excellence. Then. and is a method relied on by those who like to find excellent. and outstanding wines may be available from an area that had supposedly a “bad” year. climate. areas. Bad or mediocre wines from a region will occur in a “good” year.. An outstanding winemaker can make a great difference. a normal consumer finds the choices bewildering. The problem is that it takes a fair amount of effort and time to find such wines. So. Wine from reputable vineyards will vary in quality from year to year. in terms of year. and with the continuous changes that occur in the wine world. 9 . a vintage is only an indicator.

I was impressed by the excellent quality of the red wines of Elgin Valley and Sonoita. Australian winemakers are working in various parts of the winegrowing world. Don’t prejudge these wines before you taste them. Israel.”) It is fun to taste wines from lesser known regions. I have been surprised and delighted by wines from places such as the Jura (in France. Although the price of most highly-rated Alsatian wines has increased beyond the limits of this book. Lebanon. despite the exhortations of wine experts. Once. and Morocco. is difficult to understand. etc. Some of the oldest winegrowing areas of the world are out-of-the-way places rarely found on many winetasters’ itineraries: Georgia.. German wines often cost less for the same quality as other European wines. next to Burgundy). Missouri. Moldava. in the highlands of Arizona east of Tucson. Hungary. Turkey. but circumstances change. Bulgaria. etc. with impressive results. The resistance of North Americans to German and Alsatian wines (quite different from each other). Virginia. and are not 10 .Introduction Names You Might Not Recognize (“A rose by any other name. and sometimes you find bottles of rare quality. The lack of consideration of many of these winegrowing areas is understandable (and warranted). Idaho..

Although the wines from Alsace and the different parts of Germany vary considerably in taste. A Note on Categorization The lists that follow are arranged according to white wines. reds.Introduction overly-sweet wines as most North American believe them to be. ports. and thus are listed as minor categories. A Note on Pairing Wines with Food The usual pairings of reds with meat and whites with chicken. dessert wines. alphabetically. many are among the great wines of the world. wines are listed alphabetically by the name on the label. Within these categories the wines appear by countries. I have found that this makes it easiest to find the bottles you want in your local store. Otherwise. and fish can be inadequate or 11 . even from one part of an area to another. In certain countries the wine growing areas are important. vegetables. brandies. which is the sole purpose of this book. Varietals are another category when they are important. and a few spirits—much as you find in your local wine shop.

Petite Syrah. Remember. • Sushi. Try a Pinot Noir.Introduction inaccurate. a highly rated wine will not do. Merlot. For peppery or hot cuisines that need a white wine try Rieslings (not the dry Rieslings). can use a different kind of wine than chicken with a garlic sauce. and a choice of wine can drastically enhance or detract from a meal. wine and food matches are up to you. the suggestions that follow are only general. Very spicy foods pose a special problems pairing with wine. Since wines vary so much from each another. not one which is complex. Muscat. said in another way. • Spicy Foods. It is a gentler red. Pinot Gris. Viognier (not dry whites or Chardonnays). The spiciness will negate its subtly. although I do have (and have already made) some suggestions. Wine itself is a food. A chicken with a tomato sauce. Spicy foods demand a simple straightforward wine. For hot foods that need red wines try Zinfandel. 12 . a poor choice of wine can make a meal enhance or detract from the wine. In these circumstances. for example. Pinot Blanc. Chenin Blanc.

” enjoyable wines for everyday drinking. but which goes with a certain kind of food. is very good for an everyday wine. and some general opinions on various years and vineyards. short essays on the different varietals and regions. Note: The wines listed are for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. Sauternes are delightful in combination with this European staple. • Salmon. to clarify what is growing best where. Try a Pinot Gris. while not highly rated. • Apple Desserts. These are wines which are the equivalent of “comfort foods. I include. please got to http://store. Try Gewurztraminer (French or another). Malbec (a straightforward Argentinian red wine). I also note from time to time a wine which. A general rule is that a rough wine goes with a rough food. I include where appropriate the comments that indicate a wine that is not necessarily highly rated.Introduction • Indian Foods.yahoo. the longer the wine will keep its flavor. Alberino (a Spanish white). when appropriate. The larger the bottle.com/outstandingwines 13 . To purchase a softcover copy of this book.

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Although a misguided art historian said in an attached note it was symbolic of the Eucharist (on what grounds I do not know. with a border of various herbs and flowers. It is more difficult for your wine store to stock white wines than it is to stock reds. despite the supposed superior medicinal qualities of red wine. We will not concern ourselves with these. except that it was a glass of wine). 15 . One painting was of a glass of white wine. For centuries people have recognized that white wines have a wide variety of flavors. I know it would be apparent to any wine lover that the painting is a celebration of the different tastes that could be embodied in the wine itself. The bestselling wines of all are distributed via “jugs” in supermarkets and discount stores. And their variation in quality from one year and one vineyard to the next (and variations within the same vineyard) along with their short lives in comparison to reds (although sweet white wines can have the longest lives of all) make them particularly hard to choose.Introduction White Wines WHITE WINES White wines continue to be the most popular in the United States. Once I attended an art exhibit of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings.

such as a good Aligote. Americans often rely on California Chardonnay as their white wine of default.White Wines Introduction The differing tastes of white wines lend themselves to different foods in different ways. Alsatian Gewurztraminer with Munster cheese Riesling with cheeses. Some like 16 . there are better priced substitutes from white Burgundy. and wines of Macon and St. fullness of taste. Not many Burgundies that are Chardonnays are listed here. because they are so expensive. But don’t worry. Veran. Some of my favorite natural pairings of white wines and food are as follows: Muscadet (sur lies) from the Loire Valley in France with oysters. pork. But Chardonnays vary considerably in terms of price. and oakiness (how long aged in oak barrels). and sausages Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region with Quiche Chenin Blanc with shellfish What I Left Out and How to Replace Them The purpose of this short book is to identify outstanding wines that are not prohibitive in price.

It is a pleasure to experiment. as are Italian Proseccos and Alsatian Sylvaners. and Oregon can be very good. there are a variety of alternatives. try Chenin Blanc. they are generally lighter than those of Alsace and Germany. Chardonnays. The same is true for such wines New Zealand and Australia. and Riesling. Viognier. ⇒Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio should not be confused. Gewurztraminer. others do not. For starters. Washington. 17 . Spanish. as they are produced from different grapes. especially with white wines of high quality that are relatively inexpensive. and are sometimes combined with them to produce an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. and often expensive. ⇒ Semillons are heavier than Sauvignon Blancs. white Rhone. while Rieslings are longer lived. California produces some the world’s great. Italian. Some Stray Notes on Qualities of White Wines ⇒ Sauvignon Blanc varies in length of life. and Portuguese whites can be outstanding. ⇒ Gewurztraminers and Rieslings from California. as are some Chardonnays. Once again. White Bordeaux and Sancerre from the Loire Valley can be longer lived than Fume Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc from California (I indicate optimum years for almost all wines cataloged in this book). Sauvignon Blanc.Introduction White Wines oakiness.

00. Australia. The following is a brief rundown on the Australian white wines and their favored growing regions. reliable. Mudgee 18 . $13. Cafayete. Lujon de Cuyo. everyday wines. Torrentes. Chardonnay. • Santa Julia Chardonnay. Oak Reserve. and are less expensive than many wines of the same quality from other places (although their prices are rising). $9. Hardy’s Chardonnays are inexpensive. HR. AUSTRALIA Australian wines can be superb. New South Wales Semillon: Hunter Valley Chardonnay: Hunter Valley. HR. Mendoza. a vast area. • Santa Julia Torrontes. • Bodega Norton.White Wines Argentina ARGENTINA Note: 1999’s are good. 96. • Dona Paula. 99. 01. $7. Sauvignon Blanc. intense. R. $7. R. has differing wine growing regions of various climates. 99. R. $10. • Bodega Etchart. although not HR (highly rated).

• Fox Creek. Hunter Valley. McClaren Vale. • Craneford. Chardonnay. 99. $13 • King’s Creek. 98 $15. $15. 00. • Chateau Reynella. Mornington Peninsula. HR. $15. Semillon Griffith Botrytis. Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc. Eden Valley. 97. Reserve. • Eden Valley. Reisling. • Hardy’s. $14. Compass Chardonnay. 98. HR. 00. R. • James Estate. $13. Riesling. Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay: Yarra Valley South Australia Marsanne: Clare Valley. 00. HR. HR. $11. $12. Southern Vales Western Australia Chardonnay: Margaret River Semillon: Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc: Margaret River Chenin Blanc: Margaret River • Cassegrain. dessert wine. 99. Padthaway Chardonnay: Padthaway. HR. Pinot Gris.Australia White Wines Victoria Marsanne: Central Golburn Valley. McClaren Vale. 19 . Hastings River. HR.

$9. 20 . $8 • Rothbury Estate. • Rosemount. Riesling. $8. • Pentaluma. Adelaide Hills Thomas Hyland. 00. Australia. 00. R. 00. R. Padthaway. 99. Barossa Valley. HR. 00. South Australia. Sauvignon Blanc. • Rosemount Estate. South Eastern Australia. Clare Valley Riesling. $10. HR+. Chardonnay (an everyday wine). $15.White Wines Australia • Leasingham. 00. • Rothbury Estate. Western Cape. SE Australia. R. • Lindemans. Chardonnay. HR. Clare Valley Bin 7. • Simon Hackett. 99. Diamond. $11. • Owen’s Estate. HR. Chardonnay. • Pikes. • Simon Hackett. Bridgewater Mill. 99. Sauvignon Blanc. 01. Chardonnay. R. 99. $15. • Penfolds. 99. Chardonnay. • Penfolds. R. Riverland Australia. Koonunga Hill. Brightness. HR. $13. $8. $7. South Australia. $12 • Selena. 01. S. Semillon/chard. Chardonnay. $14. R. $10. 01. HR. 98. Chardonnay. Semillon. $12. HR. • Lindemans Bin 65. $14. HR. 99. Barossa Valley.

Austria

White Wines

• Stonehaven, international gold medal, 99, $10. • Tim Adams, Riesling, Clare Valley, HR, 99, $15. • Wirra Wirra, Scrubby Rise, McLaren Vale, White, HR, 99, $13. • Wirra Wirra, W2, Riesling, McClaren Vale, R, 00, $8. • Wolf Blass, Gold Label, Riesling, South Australia, HR, 00, $12. • Xanadu, Chardonnay, Margaret River, HR, 00, $15.

AUSTRIA

I have found that almost all highly-rated Austrian wines in the U.S. are too expensive to fit on this list, which is too bad, because from my own experience they can be excellent wines. When in Vienna seek out the little wineries in the outskirts of town; nothing goes better with the delicious Viennese food.
• Wachau Terrasen, Thal Riesling Federspiel, R, 99, $15. • Weingut R. and A. Pfaffl, Handsleiten Sandtal, Trocken (dry), Gruner Veltliner, HR, 98, $14.

CHILE
• Concha y Toro, Central Valley, Casilliero de Diablo, Sauvignon Blanc, R, 00, $15.

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White Wines

France

• Morande, Sauvignon Blanc,Casablanca Dueto,R, 00,$10. • Santa Carolina, Reserva de la Familia, Chardonnay, Maipo, HR, 98, $15. • Santa Rita Reserva, Chardonnay, R, 99, $13. • Veramonte, Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, R, 00, $10.

FRANCE

Because your local wine store will separate bottles from each of major growing areas of French wines, I have done the same Alsace Alsatian wines are among the great white wines of the world. Some people have the odd notion that they are sweet. Exactly the opposite is usually true. The Rieslings, for example, are bone dry. The sweet wines are dessert wines, and are also exceptional, usually designated as late harvest. They are very expensive and rival such top shelf wineries such as Chateau Yquem. The eau de vies from Alsace are also excellent. Alsatian Muscats are great aperitifs, and also go with asparagus (a difficult food to match with wine). Gewurztraminers are drunk young, about 5-7 years. Rieslings 10-15 years.
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France

White Wines

American wines called Rieslings and Gewurztraminers are much different than Alsatian wines, although they are often pleasant. Some Australian and New Zealand Rieslings are also excellent. Note: Alsatian Grand Cru is different from a Bordeaux or Burgundy Grand Cru. The honor is attached to a vineyard, not to a winery. Thus, a non-Grand Cru in any year can be superior to one which is. Another Note: When in Alsace, keep an eye out for special blends of wine, sometimes called Edzelwicker, particularly when blended by Alsatian chefs to go with certain kinds of food. These can often be quite good, especially when they are blended by Alsatian chefs as house wines to match their dishes. And there are more Michelin starred restaurants in Alsace per square inch than anywhere else in Europe. The wine and the food make Alsace a gastronome’s paradise. Great Alsatian wines are always white. Superior wineries in Alsace include:
Pinot Gris -- Albert Mann, Josmeyer, Marcel Deiss, Schoffit, Zind-Humbrecht. Gewurztraminer -- Albert Mann, Josmeyer, Marcel Deiss, Schoffit, Zind-Humbrecht. Riesling -- Albert Mann, Josmeyer, Leon Beyer.
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Zinnkoepfle Grand Cru. 98. R. $14. HR. 97. Gewurztraminer is HR. Tokay Pinot Gris. Riesling. • Hugel Gentil. 98. • Hunold. $9. • Becker. $14.! ! • Pierre Sparr. Reserve Personelle. Edzelwicker. • Albert Boxler. $13. ! • Pfaffenheim. $13. • Schlegel Boeglin. 96. 24 . Rebgarten Grand Cru. HR. Pinot Blanc. Hagenschlauf Vielles Vignes. $10. HR. R. R. 98. HR. R. 95. Edzelwicker. 97. Pinot Gris. Riesling. Gewurztraminer. $9. $8. $15. B. 94. Adam. HR. $15. • Albert Boxler. R. • Pierre Sparr. $14. Reserve. 98. $10. Gueberschwir. Chasselas. HR. Riesling. • Jean Rosen. $13. • Dopf & Irion. • Charles Schleret ’94 Gewurztraminer Herrenweg. • Bott Freres. Rosacker Grand Cru. 99. 96. 96. Gewurztraminer. • Pfaffenheim. R. all 94 varietals. Riesling. 97. HR+. 95. 00. HR. $12. Pinot Blanc. $9. 99. Pinot Blanc. R. HR.White Wines France • J. Alsace Reserve. HR. Reserve. • Albert Mann. • Francois Schwach & Fils. Reserve. Reserve. • Fleith. 99. $13. • Lucien Albrecht. $12. Gewurztraminer. 96. $13.

98. Chiroubles. R. Chateau de Jacques. Beaujolais Villages. $13. R. Gewurztraminer. 00. $13. and Chateau du Seuil. $14. 4. Tokay Pinot Gris Harth. St. $15. Gewurztraminer. • Domaine des Champs Grilles. • Zind-Humbrecht. $15. 98. • Willm. $15. 00. R. Cotes de Brouilly. • Domaine Cheyson. Grave. Riesling. 25 . HR. Javerniere. Morgon. R. • Domaine de la Voutes des Crazes. • Chateau de Chantegrive. 99. R. Les Roches du Vivier. • Louis Claude Desvignes. R. $15. $9. Beaujolais • Domaine Berrod. • Trimbach. Fleurie. 00. 97. 00. Chateau Rahoul. R. Chardonnay. Bordeaux Several Bordeaux wineries known for excellent and affordable white wines are Chateau de Chantegrive. HR. R. 00. • Louis Jadot. $12. $14. 94. $14. • Trimbach.France White Wines • Schoffit. $14.-Amour. R. 99.

• Domaine Andre Bonhonne. and 96. • Caillot. R. $12. Burgundy The famous white wines of Burgundy are too expensive to be included here. Cuvee Speciale. 98. • Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc. $10. HR. as an example. 89. can be an exceptional value. Maconnaise wines (from the area known as Macon) are Blanc. • Domaine de la Collonge. Pessac Leognan. . Bourgogne. $15. a inexpensive version of Meurseult. $15. Good through 2005.White Wines France • Chateau Roquetaillade. fresh and fruity. Graves Blanc. Good through 2005. The best years are 86. 95. but there are fine alternatives. Macon-Vire. is probably the best value now in Macon). HR. HR. 97. Villages. • Chateau le Thil. $15. Aubin wine. $10. 97. R. 97. Les Herbeux. de Montesquieu. 96 01. $15. at present. PouillyVinzelles. Pouilly Fuisse. Veran. St. • Chateau Tieuley. • M. 98. 26 . Sauvignon Blanc. R. $14. 95. 98.all are substitutes for the pricey Pouilly-Fuisse (St. HR. Pouilly-Fuisse. 92. and Pouilly-Loche -. HR.

! • Macon Pouilly Fuisse. • Michel Barat. 98. • Jean-Claude Thevenet. Good through 2010. St. • Lamblin & Fils. These can be excellent wines and exceptional value. • Michel Freres. Chablis. • Domaine Hamelen.France White Wines • Domaine les Combetieres. $14. Cremant de Bourgogne. $15. $12. Sauvignon de St Bris. • Le Perierre de St. 98. R. $15. HR. $14. Chardonnay. St Veran. 96. $15. R. • Chateau de Jau. • Domaine de l’Orme. Les Pierres Gures. 98. • Domaine Delaye. Petit Chablis. $12. R. • Petit Chapeau. 98. 27 . R. Veran. R. Vire-Clesse. 98. 96. 96. 99. $15. Brut. Chablis Mont de Milieu. Petit Chablis. R. sparkling Blanc de Blancs. Chablis. Macon-Pierreclos. 00. • Ghislaine & Jean-Hugues Goisot. which means Vin de Pays (country wine). Macon-Villages. 98. $14. 98. $12. HR. Chardonnay. R. HR+. HR+. R. $12. Cote du Rhone Village. $15. 96. Vaillon. R. Eglise. $12. Languedoc/Roussillon/Provence Please look for wines of this region designated VDP.

• Domaine de l’Hospitalet. 96. $6. HR. 98. $12. 99. Viognier Vin Pays du Gard. Sauvignon Blanc. 98. 01. HR.White Wines France • Chateau Pesquia. HR. 98. • Pierre Jean. Rhone Valley. $9. • Domaine Gres St Paul. 98. Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne. Cotes du Rhone. Good through 2004. Chardonnay. $10. Languedoc. $13. VDP des Cotes de Thongue. 98. R. VDP D’Oc. the best for sweet wines are 89. Cote de Ventoux. $15. Cuvee des Terrasses. R. $15. • Mas Carlot. and 97. • Le Pouy. Cuvee Beatrice. and 96. La Clape. 28 . • Les Fumees Blanches. The white wines of the Loire are interesting in the under $15 range. R. Vin de Pays VDP des Cotes Gascogne. 95. • Domaine de la Garrigue. Costieres de Nimes. 98. HR. Cuvee Romanie. $10. HR. HR. $9. • Domaine de l’Arjolle Equinox. 00. HR. • Domaine des Cantarelles. 90. 93. $7. Cuvee Antonin. 98. • Domaine du Teriquet. Loire Best years for whites are 89. HR. $8. 99. 90.

Pouilly Fume Comte de Berge. • Langlois. Domaine de la Pepiere. $15. Domaine de la Jousseliniere. HR. $15. $10. $12. Cuvee Terroir. Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine sur lie. R. $12. $14. • Domaine Richou. $9. Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine sur lie. • Domaine du Viking. Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine sur lie. R. Vouvray. blanc. Chinon. • Domaine des Grand Vignessame. $15. • Jean-Claude Dagueneau. 29 . 99. Cremant de la Loire. 98. 00. $15. 98. 99. Domaine de la Borne. 99. Clos des Poyot. Coteaux de Layons. HR. $14. 99. HR. 97. R. R. 96. Anjou Vielles Vignews. 99. $15. • Marc Oliviere. $8. • Gilbert Chon et fils. $14.France White Wines • Charles Joguet. Pouilly Fume. $9. Muscadet de Sevre-et Maine sur lie. • Chateau de Fesles. $10. Vouvray demi-sec. R. HR. Muscadet. • Domaine le Peu de la Moriette. R. • Domaine le Peu de la Moriette. R. R. Brut. Vouvray. 97. Vouvray. Chateau. Coteau de l’aubance la selection. • Chateau de Montfort. • Chateau de la Chesnaie. $8. 99. 96. • Guittany-Pauvert. R. 96. 99. HR. Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine sur lie. Bonnzeaux. • Pierre Luneau-Pepin. • Henri Bourgeois. NV. HR. HR. 99.

Condrieu. $12. • Chateau St-Esteve d’Uchaux. 97 . • Chateau du Trignon. Muscadet Cotes de Grand Lieu.sur Lie. through 2005. HR.Cote Roti (in the north): Charpoutier. 98. demi-sec. • Chateau de St-Cosme.Southern regions 78. Rhone whites usually last about 2-3 years. R.89. Hermitage Chateau Allouettes. 91. Rhone White The Best years for Rhone Whites are generally: . The best-known wines are expensive. 98. 89. 30 . Domaine les Hautes Noelles. R. 95.Northern regions 78. 90. R.85. but can go longer.Hermitage: les Raocoules. 99. $10. $13. 99.90.White Wines France • Serge Batard. $8. but alternatives are also excellent. HR. Cotes du Rhone. 99. Viognier Cotes du Rhone Jeunes Vignes. Vin de Paille. Henri Sorrel . 99 Well known wineries include: . • La Valee Coquette. 95. Muscadet.88. $15.

• Perrin Reserve. to use for food. 98.Auslese: the classification above Spatlese.Trocken: a dry wine . $15. St Joseph. and sometimes a light aperitif). Years ago. $9. $11.Spatlese: the second-lowest classification.Germany White Wines • Domaine de la Mordoree.S. An Auslese is more of an aperitif but also can go with food. German wines exported to the U. Lirac.Kabinett: lowest priced classification (literally wine to put in a cabinet. R. Cotes du Rhone. More and more Spatleses are dry and half dry (halbtrocken). have not been of as high a quality as they could be. R. Well balanced between sweetness and acidity 31 .Halbtrocken: a half-dry wine . 97. . • Pierre Gonon. 99. This has changed The nomenclature and classification of German wines requires some explanation for the casual drinker. HR. GERMANY The best German wines are white wines. . . These can be delightful dry wines.

For my money. or the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer area. 93. 89. 89.Eiswein: the second-highest classification. The Mosel/Saar/Ruwer areas: 96. 90. after the regular harvest has been completed. or loam. 88. Others prefer the Rheingau or Rheinhessen. The best years for German wines are debated from wine critic to wine critic. is an aperitif or dessert wine. I have included wines from all these regions.Trockenbeerenauslese: the highest classification. 32 . . some prefer the Mosel. Literally “ice wine. sometimes even within the same valley due to the soils levels of flint. and left out other regions due to low quality. 95. Specifically for the Rhine areas they are: 94. 90.” A sweet. 94. 92.Beerenauslese: the classification above Auslese. they are 96. and is richer and sweeter. This is not only region to region but town to town. As far as the major regions are concerned. The Nahe area also produces fine wines.White Wines Germany . 90. 83. dessert wine. 94. 71. gravel. . 85. and priciest. made from frozen grapes. sweetest. It is also the richest. 89. German wines vary considerably from place to place so there is some controversy as to which area produces the best wine. 86.

indeed. • People who write off German wines as being “sweet” do not really know German wines. 33 . especially pork. there are even some people with overly sensitive saliva glands do not drink German wines because the acidity causes them pain. However. I do not like it so well with beef or lamb. • German white wines go with all kinds of food.Germany White Wines A few final notes about German wines: • German wines usually have a lower alcohol content than other wines. while both at their best are superb. Since German wines are not as popular. Even the sweetest of German wines cannot be classified as simply sweet. In fact. • German wines are long-lived. called diet wines. in jest. they could be. • German wines vary considerably from Alsatian wines. with wines of the highest classifications lasting a long time. the price of a bottle will be less than a bottle of equal quality from one of its more prestigious neighbors. because they have a balance between acidity and sweetness that blends perfectly with a variety of food.

. including . Mosel/Saar/Ruwer: There are many outstanding wineries in this area. Reinhold Haart wines are much less expensive than Dr.Dr. and has a fine Piesport Goldtropchen (not the inferior commercialized version) that is often available. Good through 2006. 99. HR.White Wines France Mittelrhein • Adolph Weingut Bopparder Hamm Feuerlay Riesling Spatlese halbtrocken. HR. $13. R.Carl Ferdinand von Schubert: has top Rieslings. • Jochen Ratzenberger. Kabinett. • Bert Simon. HR. Posten Kabinett halbtrocken. Loosen’s. 34 . Riesling. .Reinhold Haart: also excellent. Kabinett. • Alfred Merklebach. 99.Urziger . $15. and also has wines listed under the Pfalz area. Bacharach Steeg. Riesling. Loosen: a great winery. $15.Erdener . 98. $15. 98.

Winninger Rottengen Spatlese. Koberner Weisenberg Spatlese. • Ebert/Schloss Saarstein. $15. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett. Winningen. Kabinett. 99. • Dr Loosen. $12. HR+. $13 • Carl von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling. Serrig Serriger Kabinett. 35 . $12. Riesling. R. • Freiherr von Schleinitz. 99.Germany White Wines • Carl Graff. HR. $11. • Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken Saarbrugge Rausch Riesling. Koberner Weisenberg Spatlese. 99. Spatlese. Bernkasteler. 99. $14. • Dr. Spatlese. Urzinger Wurzgarten Spatlese. R. 99. Uhlen Kabinett. • Freiherr von Heddesdorf. $15. HR. HR. $15. $14. Riesling. Kobern. Bernkastel. Scharzhof. R. 98. Wiltingen. Koberner Weisenberg. 97. Through 2005. $15. Riesling. • Ebert/Schloss Saarstein. 99. $14 • Freiherr von Heddesdorf. R. • Egon Muller. R. 97. 99. Riesling Spatlese Trocken. Kabinett. • Freiherr von Schleinitz. • Freiherr von Schleinitz. HR. R. Loosen. $15. $12. Scharzhof/Le Galais. 99. 95. 99. Good through 2008. R. R.

HR. Brauneberg. Christoffel. Jos. • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium. Jos. HR. Erdener Treppchen Riesling. Jos. 96. HR. R. Kabinett.$13. $13. Christoffel. 99 . Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett. Christoffel.! ! • Immich-Batterieberg. Riesling. 99. $14 • Joh. • Johan Joseph Christoffel. 97. $13. Riesling. • Joh. • Fritz Haag. Urziger Erdner Treppchen. Kabinett. Gutsriesling. Erdener Treppchen Riesling. Saarburg. 99. • Heymann-Lowenstein. • Hans Joachim Zilliken. HR. $14. HR. 96. Good through 2006. Riesling. Riesling. $14. • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium. Kabinett. 96. Winningen. $15 36 . HR+. Trittenheimer Apotheke. HR. 99. Riesling Kabinett. $13.White Wines Germany • Friedrich-Wilhelm Gymnasium. 00. HR. $14. Kabinett. 99. R. $15. R. Kabinett. Urziger Wurzgarten. $15. 97. $12. $10 (brilliant). R. Kabinett. Saarburger Rausch Kabinett. Kabinett. • Hans Joachim Zilliken. • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium. Gutsriesling. 99. • Joh. 99. HR. Winninger Rottgen Trocken. Trittenheimer Apotheke.

Germany

White Wines

• Joh. Jos.Christoffel,Erben Riesling, Kabinett, HR, 99, $15. • Johann Haart, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Kabinett, R, 99, $15. • Johann Haart, Erdener Treppchen Riesling, Kabinett, HR, 99, $15. • Karlsmuhle, Mertesdorfer Lorenzhofer Mauerchen Kabinett, R, 99, $15. • Karthauserhof, Eitelsbach. Weissburgunder trocken, R, 99, $13. • Karlesmuhle, Riesling Kabinett, Lorenzhofer Mauerchen, HR, 99, $15. Good through 2006. • Maximin Grunhauser, Mosell, R, 97, $13. • Meulenhof Serriges, Schloss Saarstein, Riesling, R, 97, $13. • Reinhold and Theo Haart, Schloss Lieser, Lieser Gutsriesling Kabinett, R, 99, $12. • St-Urbans-Hof, Riesling, HR, 99, $10. • Selbach-Oster, Zeltingen. Selbach-Oster, Kabinett, R, 99, $12. • Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Schlossberg, Kabinett, R, 99, $13. • Selbach-Oster, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Kabinett, R. 99. $13. • Studert Prum, Riesling, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, HR, 98, $13.
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• Willi Haag, Riesling Kabinett, Brauneberger, HR, 97, $15, • Willi Schaefer, Graach. Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, R, 99, $14. • Willi Schaefer, Graacher Domprobst Kabinett, R, 99, $14.

Nahe:
• Jacob Schneider Norheimer Kirschbeck Riesling, Spatlese, HR, 97, $15. • Mathern, Niederhauser Kertz Riesling Spatlese. HR, 96, $15. Good through 2005. • Mathern, Niederhauser Rosenberg Riesling, Spatlese. HR, 96 $15. Good through 2004. • Prinz Salm/Schloss Wallhausen, Wallhausen. Schloss Walhausen Trocken, R, 98, $12.

Pfalz:
• Dr von Basserman-Jordan, Riesling, Kabinet, Trocken, R, 99, $11 (dry). • Josef Biffar, Deidesheim. Deidesheimer Kieselberg, Kabinett, HR, 96, $14. Good through 2004 (bone dry). • Fitz-Ritter, Durkheimer Abtsfromhof, Gewurztraminer Spatlese Trocken, HR, 99, $15.

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• Fitz-Ritter, Durkeimer Abtsfromhof, Riesling Kabinett, HR+, $12. • Fitz-Ritter, Durkeimer Abtsfromhof, Riesling Spatlese Halbtrocken, HR, 99, $15. • Fuhrman-Eymael/Pfeffingen, Ungsteiner Honigsackel, Kabinett Halbtrocken, R, 96, $14. • Herbert Messmer Burweiler Altenforst Gewurztraminer, Spatlese, HR, 92, $15. • Herbert Messmer, Burrweiler (Sudliche Weinstrasse). Burrweiler Schlossgarten Chardonnay, Kabinett, Trocken, R, 98, $15. • Herbert Messmer, Burrweiler Altenforst Scheurebe, Kabinett, R, 98, $12. • Herbert Messmer, Burrweiler Altenforst Scheurebe, Kabinett, R, 98, $12. • Kurt Darting, Durkheimer Fronhof Riesling, Spatlese, HR, 94, $13. • Kurt Darting, Ungsteiner Bettelhaus Riesling, Spatlese, HR, 94, $13. • Kurt Darting, Ungsteiner Bettelhaus Riesling, Auslese, HR, 94, $15. • Kurt Darting, Durkheimer Spielberg Riesling, Spatlese. HR, 96, $12. • Kurt Darting, Durkheimer Spielberg Scheurebe, Spatlese, HR, 96, $12. • Kurt Darting Durkheimer Spielberg, Spatlese, Scheurebe
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Kabinett. Goldberg Riesling. R. Neckerauer Wissenheimer. Neckerauer Wissenheimer. $13.White Wines Germany Grosslage Hochman. • Rainer Lingenfelder. HR. Grosskarlbach. $15. Durkheimer Michelsberg. $12 • K. Auslese. • H & R Lingenfelder. • K. • Lingenfelder. Goldberg Riesling. Scheurebe. • Kurt Darting. Bird Label. Halbtrocken. 93. 94. Grosskarlbacher Osterberg. HR. HR. $15. • K. HR. $14. 98. 98. Spatlese. Freinsheimer Goldburg Riesling. R. 94. Kabinett. Kabinett. HR. • Rainer Lingenfelder. $14. 96. Riesling. • H & R Lingenfelder. Grosskarlbacher Osterberg Riesling. $11. $11. Riesling. 92. Durkheimer. • Kurt Darting. 96. HR. 98. $15 Rheingau: Many critics and aficionados alike think the Rheingau region produces the best German wine. Neckerauer Wissenheimer. 40 . Halbtrocken. Good through 2006. 92. Freinsheimer Goldberg Scheurebe Spatlese. Spatlese. Halbtrocken. R. Kabinett. $15. 00. HR. Kabinet. $14. HR.

00. • Freiherr zu Knyphausen Kiedricher Sandgrub Riesling. $14. • Freiherr Heyl. 97. R. 00. Geisenheimer Klauserweg Riesling Spatlese. $14. $13. • Freiherr Heyl. Riesling. R. Trocken. Kabinett. $12. $14. 97. Trocken. 97. • Freiherr Heyl. R. • Baron Knyphausen. $10. Kabinett. HR. HR. R. Dachenstein. $14. $14. R. Riesling QbA. • Franz Kunstler. Niersteiner Orbel. Nackenheim. Niersteiner. 96. Johannisberger Vogelsang. Rudesheimer. Johannisberger Vogelsang. HR. Trocken. HR. • Schuman Nagler. Kabinett. Niersteiner Rosenberg. Spatlese. 98. Spatlese. Kabinett. R.Germany White Wines • Abteihof St. 99. Nicolaus Riesling. 96. • Freiherr Heyl. Niersteiner Orbel. $15. • Gunderloch. $11. R. Riesling. $15. • Weingut Hans Lang. $13. HR+. • Johannishof Riesling. QbA. Rheinhessen/Nackenheim-Nierstein: • Freiherr Fleminger Vogelsprung Scheurebe Spatlese. $12. R. Kabinett. $12. 41 . 97. • Johannes Leitz. 96. Silvaner Trocken. R. Nierstein.

green bottle. Crete. 97. Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling. Some Italian wines are of the highest quality. Vin de Crete. • Weingut Schreiber Zink. HR. R. • Walter Strub.some experts argue that they are the best of all. $14. But it is this variation. Rheinhessen. $14. Niersteiner Hipping Riesling. Spatlese. Spatlese. and many are outstanding -. • Walter Strub. • Kourtaki. J. $15. Dalsheimer Steig.A. HR. Nierstein.H. $11 (international gold medal for best Riesling). HR. HR. It also has the reputation of the greatest variation. • Walter Strub. 96. HR. $7. 00. Good through 2005. Gewurztraminer. 42 .. Santorini. both in quality and wine growing areas. along with unfamiliar nomenclature. 96.White Wines France • Prince von Hessen.U. GREECE • Heliopoulos Vineyards. that can make Italian wine complicated. $14. Rheinhessen. 96. ITALY Italy produces more wine than any other country. Niersteiner Bruckchen. $6. Kabinett.

97 . 96. 85. 89. 85. 98 . 97. 85.Brunello (from Montalcino. outside of Siena. VDT: Vino de Tavola (it means a table wine. DOC: Denominazione di Origine Controlata (like the French denominations of areas). but it is a less stringent appellation). 88. DOCG: DOC e Garantita (adds tasting panel). 79. 95. 97. can be applied to both red and white wines). 90. by region: . IGT: Indicazione Geographica Taipica (EEC. 90. 99 Nomenclature Some of the nomenclature describing Italian wines is unfamiliar to even many experienced wine lovers. 90. 88.Veneto/Amarone. 90. 82. . as noted. like French Vin de Pays. 95.Italy White Wines Best Years The best years for Italian wines vary from one part of the country to another (much of this introduction. 83.Tuscany 85.Piedmont: 78. 88. Some outstanding years are as follows. but 43 .

Roero (next to Barolo vineyards). bianca). Lombardy: Lugana (white. and IGT wines). Barbera (everyday. Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Tocai. Carema (lasts 5-6 years). VQPRD (EEC designations given to DOC. Excellent whites. DOCG. and blends are not denominated). Inferno. Gattinara (Nebbiolo). Most of the wines I have listed are from the following listed areas. rosso) (Grumella. Barbaresco (more elegant and also great).White Wines Italy is sometimes a top wine. native to specific regions and not heard of elsewhere. Trentino-Alto Adige: high quality. best wines are Barbe d’Alba and Barbera d’Monferrato). Sassala. Please remember that the wines of Italy are often made from ancient vines. Nebbiola d’Alba (less good). Best at 5-7 years. Piedmont: Barolo (one of the great red wines of the world). It is called a Vino de Tavola because it is a blend. Ghemme (Nebbiolo). Dolcetto 44 . Picolit (like Sauterne). good value). and Valgella). Valtellina (red. Spanna (Nebbiola.

Frizzante. As with all Proseccos. Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone (can be a great wine).Italy White Wines (Italy’s Beaujolais). $10. NV. It is an excellent value. Gavi (like Chablis. R. Rosso di Montalcino (keep 1 year before drinking. Sangiovese di Romagne. Veneto: Soave. It is better in Italy). Valpolicella and Bardolino (best fresh and local). Proscecco (sparkling). it comes from just north of Venice and should be drunk rapidly after it appears. Another recommended Prosecco is: Ballenda. Note also a nonvintage Prosecco. at its best a legendary wine). HR. Arneis (good white wine). $10. Brunello di Montalcino (keep 3 years before drinking. Albana di Romagna. from the Veneto: Nino Frano. sparkling. See Gavi di Gavi). Moscato (best are Asti and Strevi). Proseccos come in Spumante (bubbly) and Frizzante (less bubbly). Prosecco di Valdobia altare rustica. In a good year it can be a great value) Vino di 45 . Emilia Romagna: Lambrusco (usually weak exported. Tuscany: Chianti (Classico is one kind). Asti Spumante (sparkling Muscat). Col di Luna.

Morelino di Scanso (like Brunello). will age). easy drinking). Fiani di Avelino (a white wine). Carmignano (also similar to Chianti). Bolgheri (Sassacaia). Sagrantin (bold). Trebbiano d’Abruzzo (clean. a versatile white wine). 46 . Est Est Est (undistinguished). Apulia: Salice Salentino (good). and they can be great wines). Marches: Verdiccio (bone dry Muscadet).White Wines Italy Nobile di Multipulciano (also from outside of Siena. Campania (excellent wines): Taurasi (rich. Super Tuscan (some Chiantis are called this. red). Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio (White. Latium: Frascati (reliable. Rubesco (robust). fruity white). white). Vin Santo (sweet). Primitivo di Manduria (rough). Abruzzi: Montipulciano d’Abruzzo (rustic. Greco di Tufo (a full-bodied white wine). complex. and less often red). Vernaccia di San Gimignano (bianca. It is like a Chianti. Umbria: Orvieto (bianca. but it is inconsistent).

and is expensive. White Wines Because the way many wine shops arrange their wine. Greco di Tufo (white). Aglianico (red). Note: Cinque-Terra (Liguria) produces exceptionally good white wine. Radici (white). Sicilia (and some others from the south): Although other wines might be more distinguished. both white and reds. like a Pinot Noir). but is rarely found in the U. 99. Nero d’Avola (black Sicilian). these are some nice easy drinking wines. Multipulciano (strong red).Italy White Wines Basilicata: Aglianco del Vulture (earthy and solid).. Calabria: Gravello (okay). Mastroberadino-Tourasi).S. Northern/Central Italy • Alois Lagades. Wine from here varies because of the area’s microclimates. Alto Adige. Gaglioppo (delicate red. HR. I have divided the white wines only into north/central and south. Pinot Grigio. 47 . $15.

Brut. • Boscaini Valdadige la Cros. Pinot Grigio. Friuli. Hofstatter. R. 00. • Cavalchina Bianco di Custoza. 99. • Livio Zorsettig. $12. Della Venezia. $10. • Ecco Domeni. Piedmont. R. HR. and as an aperitif. Pinot Grigio. Fiano di Avellino. R. Good with spicy Greek food. Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. HR. Friuli. R. 99 $8. • Feudi di San Gregorio Albente. 99. • Livon. • J. 99. • Massimo Orderero. 00. 99. • Falesco. Veneto. 00. 99. 99. Friuli. • Riondo Prosecco. • Enofriulia. Verdicchia di Jesi Classico. Campania. • Geographico. HR. R. $10. Pinot Grigio. R. R. R. $10. Sparkling White. HR. Pinot Grigio. 00. Vitiano Umbria. Dessert or aperitif. • Fazi Battaglia. R . • Bertani Veneto Due Uve. R. $9.White Wines France • Ballenda. R. Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba. Prosecca di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene. $15. $12. Pinot Grigio. HR. Veneto. • Feudi di San Gregorio. 99. $15. Moscato d’Asti. Pinot Grigio. $8. HR. with grilled fish. $12. Sorba. San Gemignano. Alto Adige. 00. $9. $13. 99. $14. $10. 00. With fish. NV. $8. • Bartenura. 48 . $11. salads. 99. Friuli.

from the Campagna. Sardinia. 00. grapefruit. There are several regions in New Zealand that produce excellent wines. • Funtanaliras. R. R. 49 . Southern Italy: • Argiolas. and quiches. Good w/Lobster. $9. 00. • Tamellini. Alto Adige. $10. R. Pinot Grigio. Falerno del Massico. 00.49. 00. salads. HR. HR. • Torre Rosazza Pino Bianco Colli Orientali de Friuli Ronco delle Magnolie. Sicilia Regaleali Bianco.Germany White Wines • St Michael-Eppan. with mango cilantro chutney). goat cheese. • Tasca d’Almerita. • Scarbolo. 99. sole Meuniere. tomato bruschetta. HR. Vermentino di Gallura. R. $14. 01. $10. • Villa Matilda. chicken (for instance. $12. 00. NEW ZEALAND New Zealand has superb white wines that are good with fresh shellfish. smoked fish. lemony dressings. Soave Superiore. $14. Salmon (with chives and dill butter). $10. Fruili Grave tocai Friuliano. $10. Vermentino di Sardegna Cosamolino. R. 99.

Marlborough: great Sauvignon Blancs. soft and heavy Sauvignon Blancs Hawkes Bay: best for Cabernets. Wairarapa/Martinborough (an area like Burgundy in France): good Chardonnays. good Chardonnays and superb Gewurztraminers. the regions’s best Pinot Noirs. okay Rieslings (but they are getting better -.White Wines New Zealand Aukland: rich Chardonnays.the ’99 Giesen is excellent). some Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. 99 was an excellent year for this region. okay Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs Central Otego: potentially good Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminers. Nelson: Chardonnays Canterbury: Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. South Island. good Chardonnays. Sauvignon Blancs fruity but not heavy Gisbourne. 50 .

Sauvignon Blanc. 00. Nelson Sauvignon Blanc. Waipara Mt. 98. • Cat’s Phee on Gooseberry Bush. $15 • Hula. $9 • Chancellor. 01. HR. Sauvignon Blanc. • Grove Mill. HR. Marlborough Valley. $11 • Greenstone Point. $10 • Cairnbrae. 01. 00. 00. Sauvignon Blanc. HR. $15 • Greenough. 00. $14. $13. Sauvignon Blanc. Winemakers Reserve. 99. Sauvignon Blanc. 99. Cass Road. Chardonnay. 99. $15. R. East Coast. $9 • Forefathers. 51 . 99. Marlborough. HR. HR.New Zealand White Wines • Babich. HR. $13 • Giesen. 00. Gisborne. Marlborough Valley. • Huia Riesling. HR. Marlborough Valley. HR. R. $15. HR. Sauvignon Blanc. HR. 2 international gold medals. Chardonnay. $12 • Dashwood. HR. Chardonnay. $15 • Jackson. Canterbury. Marlborough Valley HR. Good through 2005. Sauvignon Blanc. 99. Marlborough. HR. HR. $15. Gisborne. Riesling. 01. $14 • Brancott. The Stones. 00. • Coopers Creek. Marlborough Valley. Riesling. $13 • Giesen. 00.

01. $14 .White Wines New Zealand • Kim Crawford. Chardonnay. • Omaka Springs. • Kim Crawford. Chardonnay. Marlborough Valley. $15. HR. • Mount Riley. HR. $13. R. HR. Marlborough. HR. 00. $15. Clair. Central Otago. • Mount Difficulty. $15. 01. HR. Marlborough. Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay. 00. $15. Martinborough. $9. HR. Good through 2005 • Omaka Springs. • Konrad and Conrad. Marlborough Valley. 99. 01. HR. HR. $15. Chardonnay. $15. 01. Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough Valley. Sauvignon Blanc. HR. 98. $15. • Le Grys. 98. Sauvignon Blanc. • Lawson Dry Hills. • St. Marlborough. 00. Chardonnay Unoaked. Sauvignon Blanc. • Omaka Springs. HR. Riesling. 00. 99. • Morton. $15. Hawkes Bay. Marlborough Valley. Marlborough Valley. 99. $15. Marlborough Icon Series. • Palliser. Marlborough Valley. • Omaka Springs. 00. HR. Good through 2005 52 . Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough. HR. HR. $15. Sauvignon Blanc. $15. Sauvignon Blanc.

HR. • Whitehaven. Marlborough. $10. Clair. 99. Marlborough. • Arca Nova. Sauvignon Blanc. 98-99. $11 • Shepherd’s Ridge. 00. 00.Esteves. HR. $14. 99. Vinho Verde Sonhorro d’Agras. R. • Thornbury. • Alvarinho Vinho Verde. Sauvignon Blanc. $12. Sauvignon Blanc. $8. Many great bargains come from often-forgotten Portugal. $10 • Sherwood Estate. HR+. 00. HR. $13. $10 • Seresin Estate. 01. $8. Sauvignon Blanc. 99. Sauvignon Blanc. R. Private Bin. 99. • Thornbury.New Zealand White Wines • St. HR. and others. HR. Good through 2009 • Selaks Premium Selection. $12 ! • Villa Maria. $14 PORTUGAL Vinho Verde. 00. Riesling. HR. 01. • A. Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde Soalheiro Alvarinho. 53 . Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough Valley. HR. 00. R. Marlborough Valley. Ferreira. HR. $12. HR. $6 • Casa de Vila Verde. 00.

99. $7. $12 SOUTH AFRICA • Amani. • Soalheiro. Vinho Verde. 01. $13 • Cape Indaba. Sauvignon Blanc. Tonto da Anfora. • Boekenhoutskloof. • Cathedral Cellars. Vinho Verde. Alentejano. Alentejo. $9 • Quinta da Avelada. $15 • Buitenverwachting. Portugal Ramos. 98. HR. $12. $7 • Portal do Fidalgo. 99. R. Vinho Verde Alverino. HR+. Sauvignon Blanc. Alverino/Trajadura. $10. HR. Trajadura. Sauvignon Blanc. HR. $7 • Coop. Vinho Verde Alvarinho. $10 • J. Stellenbosch. Vinho Verde Loureire. 00. 00. $15 • Quinta da Avelada. 99. R.P. Constantia. R. Argones. R. HR. Vinhos. HR. R. R. $8 • Quinto do Crasto. 98. 00. 00. $15 • J. Chardonnay. Western Cape. 01. $15 • Quinta da Pedra. Ponte do Lima. 01. 00. HR. 01. HR. Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde Alverinho. HR. 54 . Alentejo. R.White Wines Portugal • Casal Garcia. 98. $15 • Veranda de Conde. Semillon. Vinho Verde Alverino. $12. Vinho Verdi. HR. 00. Franschhoek. $14 • Quinta da Pedra. 00.

Robertson. HR. HR+. • Morgenhof. Stellenbosch. Semillon. $15. R. $14. Barrell Fermented. Chenin Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc. 00. Good for many years. Groenekloof. 99. Stellenbosch. • De Wetshof. Sstellenbosch. Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay. 00. HR. • Roberts Rock. Stellenbosch. R. $13 • Spice Route. 99. Paarl. $15. HR. • Fairview. HR. 98. $14. Chardonnay. • Neil Ellis. 01. HR. $15 • Waterford. 99. Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc. 01. Chard. Bon Vallon. 01. HR+. 00. $15. HR. HR. $6 • Simonsig. R. $14. $13 • Fairview. HR. Coastal Region. $15. Coastal Region. $12 • Waterford. Rich. $10 • Groot Constantia. • Klein Constantia. 55 . • Neil Ellis. Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. 98. Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc. HR. 99. Chardonnay. 01. Groenekloof. Constantia. R. 01. $10 • Stellenryck.South Africa White Wines • Clos Malverne. $13. Sauvignon Blanc. 00.

Cava Extreme Brut. HR. • Rondel. for a general discussion) A good grape for a white wine is Alberino (like a Riesling). $10. R. $13. R. • Jaume Serra. Albarino. $15. R. Rio Baixas. Gran Vina sol. white. R. R. Moscatel/Gewurztraminer. Cava Cristalino Brut. $15. • Castillo de Perelada. • Juve y Camps. Note that “Brut” means dry. 97. $15. 97. Through 2005. Cava. NV. and that there are also vintage Cavas • Bodegas Godeval. $15. • Pazo de Senorans. • Torres. R. $10. $15. 95. Cava Brut reserve. R. HR. R. 01. 98. 01. $15. $8. Rias Baixas. Rioja. I have included number of NV Cavas (Cava is a sparkling white) on the following list. • Torres Ora. Rueda. 01. $15. • Martinsancho Verdejo. Brute Nature Reserva de la Familia. • Torres Vina Esmerelda. • Remelleira. Cava Brut Reserve. HR. Valdorres. 56 . Albarino. • Remelleiri. 01. $9. $15. HR.White Wines Spain SPAIN (see comments on Spanish red wines. R. Rioja. 01. • Pazo de Barrantes.

• Brander. R. Russian River Valley. 98. for practical purposes. South Coast. 99. 00. 98. R. 00.S. Jean. $15. Napa Valley. Good with grilled fish. 99 $9. $14. • Vina Godeval. U. Santa Ynez Valley. Godello. Cuvee Natalie. Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling. 99.California Sauvignon Blamc and Fume Blanc: These varietals. Sonoma Co. 01. Fume Blanc la Petite Etoile. 00. $15. Through 2004. $9. 00. Navarra. HR. • Chateau St. 97. Sonoma. Paso Robles. $12. • Charles Krug. HR. R. R. R. 98. Stony Creek. $13. Ruda. $14. • Brander. -. R. $14. Santa Ynez. • Dunnewood. $6. • Chateau Potelle. Fume Blanc. Cuvee Natalie. • Chateau Potelle. HR. HR. $13. $15. Mendocino County. Napa Valley. HR. HR. • Eos. 98. 57 . Penedes. Russian River Valley. HR. • Ferrari-Carano.USA • Vega Sindoa. $10. White Wines • Vina Mocen. 98. • Dry Creek Vineyard. HR. HR. $7. are synonymous.A. • Vina Sarda. • Ferrari-Carano. 98. $15. Napa..

HR. Sonoma County. HR. • Markham. R. 00. $15.White Wines USA • Fetzer. 00. Alexander Valley. $15. HR. Best places for California 58 . HR. The 2000 vintage is also excellent. $14. R. Napa Valley. 98. 00. 00. Sonoma. 99. $15. • Navarro. $8. 99. • Girard. 99. California Chardonnay: The wine people buy when they don’t know what else to buy. $15. HR. Anderson Valley. • Handley. Dry Creek. Alexander Valley. • St Supery. Napa. • Geyser Peak. • Mason Cellars. 98. $15. HR. $15. 00. 99. Mendocino. $13. Napa. $15. Martinelli Vineyard. $9. • Geyser Peak. $10. • Mason Cellars. Rutherford. and so are their Rieslings Merlots). $10. But even Chardonnay is scoffed at by many wine “experts.” it is a delightful wine with a famous pedigree. Napa. R. 00. (Geyser Peak seems to get better and better. Russian River Valley. • Greenwood Ridge. 98. Napa. • Whitehall Lane. 99. R. HR. North Coast. 00. Cuvee 128. R. • Martinelli. R. • Guenoc. • Simi. HR. $14. $15. R. Echo Ridge.

California Chardonnays are generally characterized as oaky (aged in oak barrels for a length of time). 59 . Russian River Valley. Santa Maria Valley.Marcassin .Beringer (Sonoma and Napa) . Some people like an oaky taste.USA White Wines Chardonnay are usually Carneros.Estancia Pinnacles .Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo .Kistler .Franciscan Vineyards of Oakville . Some claim they are among the world’s great Chardonnays.Rochioli Some of these are very expensive chardonnays. Monterey. Some of the most consistently great vineyards for Chardonnay are: .Peter Michael .Au Bon Climat . others do not.

$12. 99. • Meridian Vineyards. Carneros. Carneros. $14. $13. Sonoma County. Santa Barbara County. 97. 99. 99. Sonoma. 99. $15. $15. • Barefoot Reserve. HR. $15. 98. 99. $10. • Bonterra. Sonoma. 99. HR. • Napa Ridge. 97. • Gallo of Sonoma. $9. • Buehler. Sonoma. Mendocino. $15. • Beaulieu. $11. $6. HR. California. HR. HR. Central Coast California. 99. Santa Barbara. • Babcock. R. 98. HR. R. • Chateau St Jean.White Wines USA • Alderbrook. • Gloria Ferrer. 99. 00. Dry Creek Valley. HR. 00. $13. • R. HR. 60 . HR. $11. 99. 99. $15. Napa Valley Reserve. $13. • Monterey Vineyards. 99. • Camelot. $12. $15. Estate Selection. HR. $14. • Chateau Souverain. • Bonterra. Russian River Valley. Dunnigan Hills. Phillips. HR. 99. Sonoma. $10. Mendocino. HR. HR. 99. • Chateau Souverain. HR. HR. Sonoma. • Homewood. $15. HR. Odmann Vineyard. Not too oaky. • Echelon. • Jepsen. Russian River Valley. • Frei Brothers Reserve. Sonoma. 99. R. R. Mendocino. 99. H. HR. $10.

• River Road Vineyards. Sonoma. Like a German Auslese (see introduction to German wines for significance). $14. 99. R. $11. $15. Phillips. 00. 98. White Riesling. Napa Valley Art Cuvee. • Sebastiani. R. $14. HR. Toasted Head Estate. 98. $15. • Brander. Santa Ynez Valley. Chardonnay Vintage. best with sweetness. Family Selection. • Beckman. HR. $14. 61 . • Rodney Strong. Napa Valley. $15. Riesling Alsatian style. $15. • Trinchero.USA White Wines • R. Proprietor’s Reserve. 98. • Silverado Hill. Russian River Valley. 99. 98. Santa Ynez. HR. Riesling. HR. 99. 99. $14. Sonoma County. Germanic style. Will keep for years. 99. dry. Marsanne and white blend. HR+. Santa Barbara/Monterey. • Stony Hill. R. White Riesling. $14. HR. 99. California Miscellaneous Whites: • Arrowood. H. • Santa Barbara Winery. 98. dry. R. $10. Lake County. HR. • Bonny Doon. Santa Barbara County. Sonoma County. Cuvee Natalie. HR.

R. Old Vines. $8. Gewurztraminer (dry).! • Claiborne & Churchill. Riesling. Old Vines Cuvee. R. HR. • Navarro. $13. $14. HR+. 95. Anderson Valley. Chenin Blanc. • Greenwood Ridge. 98. Mendocino. HR+. Good with spicy Indian and American food. R. Napa. Riesling. • Navarro. HR. Mendocino. Riesling. R. Riesling. Gewurztraminer. • Girard Winery. 98. • Foxen Vineyards. HR. 98. R. Napa. White Riesling. 98. $12. Monterey. Mendocino. Chenin Blanc. $14. 00. 98. $12. • Chappellet. • Esterlina. Pinot Gris. $14. 98. and Late Harvest Riesling. R. Anderson Valley. Anderson Valley. 00. 00. $14. • Geyser Peak. R. 99. Mendocino. 98. R. Sonoma. • Jekel. Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc. • Navarro. 62 . $9. $14. White Riesling. HR. 00. Mendocino. 98. $9. 98.White Wines USA • Calloway. • Navarro. HR. Santa Barbara. • Handley. $14. Riesling. $13. Anderson Valley. $14. California. • Navarro. dry Gewurztraminer. Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. Riesling.

98. Phillips. Viognier. • Thomas Fogarty. Shenandoah Valley. $14. Napa. • Navarro. Mendocino. R. With spicy food. $10. 01. Roussane (white). Monterey. Chenin Blanc/Viognier. Monterey. R. 63 . Gewurztraminer. $14. Zaca Vineyards. HR. • Stony Hill. R. 98. 98. Riesling. Good through 2002. 00. 98. Mendocino. 98. $15. Anderson Valley. Riesling. CNW (Acronym: Chardonnay No Way). 98. • Robert Pecota. • Vinum. HR. Gewurztraminer. EXP Viognier.USA White Wines • Navarro. R. $11 • Smith-Madrone. • Sobon Estate. 98. Pinot Blanc. Santa Barbara. $14. Dry Gewurztraminer. 00. Clarksburg. 99. • R. Monterey. $14. HR. 00. R. • Thomas Fogarty. HR. HR. HR. $15. • Wild Horse. $14. Bianca. Will age well. California. Chenin Blanc. Monterey. $13. • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling. HR. Anderson Valley. 98. $15.H. • Niebaum-Coppola. R. • Zaca Mesa. $11. $10. R. Chenin Blanc. Napa. Cuvee Wilson Vineyard. 99. • Pine Ridge. Dry Gewurztraminer. Napa. 99. Anything this year from this winery is good. $7. HR.

00. HR. Oregon: U. International Gold Medal winner • Dr. Wiemer. HR.White Wines USA California Champagnoise: • Chandon. Konstantin Frank. HR. Russian River Valley. Pinot Grigio. $15. HR+. $10. -. HR. 00. • Cristom. Carneros. Johannisberg Riesling. 97.! ! • Cristom. Oregon/Washington. Pinot Gris. Brut or Cremant. NV Blanc de Noirs 396. Riesling. Blanc de Noirs. 00. HR+. 98. Oregon/Washington. HR. $15. 00. R. Finger Lakes. Chardonnay. Pinot Gris. R. $10. R. Konstatin Frank. • Herman J.A. Champagne Masters Reserve. • Mumm. Salmon Run Riesling. • Fox Run Vineyards. 92.S.Oregon : • Chehalem.! ! 64 . • Dr Konstantin Frank. R. Cuvee Napa. • Pacific Echo. 99.S. $15. 99. 99. $12. $14. -. $13. $14. $15. $14.A. Finger Lakes Reserve. Chenin Blanc. • Korbel. U. $15. Long Island. 98. • Paumanok. Dry Riesling. Brut Prestige NV. HR. R.New York State • Dr. Finger Lakes. $15.

Sauvignon Blanc. HR. Yakima Valley. 98. Pinot Blanc. 97. • Chateau Ste Michelle. $14. Oak Ridge Vineyard. Willamette Valley. • Chinook. $13.S. 98. HR. • Chateau Ste Michelle.USA White Wines • Eola Hills.A. HR.Washington State • Canoe Ridge. Horse Heaven Vineyard. $10. Bellevue Cross Vineyards. Columbia Valley. HR.HR. Semillon. • Columbia Crest. $15. • Columbia Crest. $11. 99. Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc. Columbia Valley. $14. • Chinook. $13. $12. 98. 98. Oregon. Columbia Valley. Sauvignon Blanc. 99. 99. Columbia Grand Estates. • Rex Hill. Good through 2004. -. 00. HR. Horse Heaven Vineyard. HR. Yamtull Co. Sauvignon Blanc. Columbia Valley. $12. Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. $14. $12. Pinot Gris. 99. Pinot Grigio. Chardonnay. Chardonnay. Columbia Valley Grand 65 . 99. Chardonnay. • Erath. HR. Columbia Valley Estate Series. HR. $15. U.. HR. R. • Chateau Ste Michelle. • Columbia Crest. HR. Gewurztraminer. 98. • Torii Mor. 98. HR. • Chateau Ste Michelle. $14.

$8. Sauvignon Blanc. 00. 97. Fume Blanc/Chardonnay. 99. Columbia Valley. $10. Klipsum Vineyard. 99. • Columbia Crest. Columbia Valley. 98. • Hedges. HR. $15. Good through 2005. HR. Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Barrel Fermented Semillon. $15. Columbia Valley. Gewurztraminer. $9. • Gordon Brothers. R. • Hogue Cellars. Columbia Grand Estates. $15. $7.White Wines USA Estates. Columbia Valley. $11. R. 99. Columbia Valley. Columbia Valley Barrel Select. • Hogue Cellars. 66 . 00. $15. Chardonnay. R. HR. HR. HR. HR. • Hedges. Columbia Valley. 00. HR. Columbia Valley. Good with spicy Indian food. • Hogue Cellars. $8. 41. • Hogue Cellars. $11. Good through 2006. Johannisberg Riesling. 00. HR+. HR. 99. Fume Chardonnay. $9. 01. • Gordon Brothers. Chardonnay.! ! • Waterbrook. 99. • L’Ecole No.

-. 99. James Winery. $10.S.A. Missouri. 67 .USA White Wines U.Other States • St. Seyval Blanc. international gold medal.

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HR. Malbec. La Rioja San Humberto Malbec. here. $9. Mendoza. $15. HR. Cabernet Sauvignon. 97. 90. $9. Mendoza. Private Collection. • Bodega Etchart. HR. R. • Altos Las Hormigas. Arnoldo B. • Navarro. Malbec Reserva Mendoza. $8. • Fabre Montmayou. 99. $13. Malbec. 69 . 99. • Bodega Etchart. sturdy. 95. • Santa Julia. are Malbecs. R. Cabernet. $12. Mendoza. Cabernet Sauvignon. $10. Malbec. The Malbec wines are usually straightforward. Reserva. • Navarro Correas. 99. 97. Etchart Reserva. Malbec. HR. Mendoza. R. 94. 94. Malbec. $14. Mendoza. Cabernet Sauvignon. Lujan de Cuyo.and for good reason. good wines (for example. • Norton. $12). R. • Catena. Cafayete. R. $8. R. Agrelo Vineyards. Malbec. HR. • Norton. 97. Malbec Mendoza. $12. 99. to 2008. $10. • Menem. R. HR. Most of the Argentinian wines. 95. $10.Argentina Red Wines RED WINES ARGENTINA Argentinian wines are becoming more well known -. • Alamos Ridge. 98.

Reserva. $10. 1998 all good to excellent years) Australian wines can be superb. Lujan de Cuyo. 99. Good with spicy Indian food. 96. Malbec. $15. $8. Malbec Mendoza. $8. R. • San Telmo. HR. $10. and are less expensive than many wines of the same quality from other places (although their prices are rising daily). 99. Malbec San Raphael. 70 . Cabernet Sauvignon. • Terra Rosa. • Valentin Bianchi. R. 00.Red Wines Australia • Santa Julia. 00. • Weinert. R. • Trapiche. $10. $14. R. $8. Mendoza Malbec. 00. Mendoza. 98. 1997. 99. HR. San Raphael. 00. R. Good for years. R. 98. $10. 99. • Terrazas. AUSTRALIA (Note: 1996. Cabernet Sauvignon. HR. • Santa Julia. • San Telmo. R. • Valentin Bianchi. R. • Santa Julia. $5. Cabernet Sauvignon. Mendoza. • Trapiche. $15. Merlot. Merlot/Malbec. R. Mendoza. Malbec Mendoza. Malbec. Malbec Reserva. $13. Vistalba-Mendoza. Falling Star. 99.

Yarra Valley Shiraz Bendingo. has differing wine growing regions of various climates. Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Geelong. The following is a brief rundown on the Australian red wines and their favored growing regions.Australia Red Wines Australia. Geelong. Central Golburn Valley. a vast area. Northeastern Victoria. Pyrenees. Mudgee Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon Bendingo. Great Western. Pyranees. Macedon. Mornington Peninsula. New South Wales Cabernet Sauvignon Mudgee Shiraz Hunter Valley. Mornington Peninsula 71 . Central Golburn Valley. Mornington Peninsula. Geelong. Northeastern Victoria.

Coonawarra. Southern Vales Shiraz Adelaide Hills.Red Wines Australia South Australia Cabernet Caber net Sauvignon Adelaide Hills. Barossa Valley. Clare Valley. Clare Valley. Coonawarra Pinot Noir Clare Valley Western Australia Cabernet Cabern et Sauvignon Margaret River Shiraz Margaret River Pinot Noir Margaret River Zinfandel Margaret River 72 .

Shiraz Alliance. Southeastern Australia. • Cape Mentel. Bin 61. HR. Shiraz the Alliance.Australia Red Wines Shiraz: • ADW. 99. Bin 61. $15. • Banrock Station. HR. Good through 2005. 96. Shiraz. HR. 2002-2012. Bin 50. $14. $15. R. R. Good through 2010. $11. SE Australia. $15. 97. 98. • D’Arenberg. “The Footbolt” Old Vine Shiraz. 73 . • Lindemans. • D’Arenberg. 98. R. “The Footbolt” Shiraz. $10. 01. 98. • Leasingham Shiraz. R. Good through 2015. HR. $15. South Australia. $15. Barossa Valley. 97. Clare Valley. 94. $6. • Elderton. SE Australia. 98. HR. $13. McClaren Vale. $6. 98. To 2004. Shiraz/Cab. R. • Deakin Estate Victoria. HR. Merlot. $10. • Leasingham. • Banrock Station. Like a Beaujolais. Good through 2007. $15. • D’Arenberg. 00. $9. HR. HR. • Leydens Vale. • Leasingham. Clare Valley. Margaret River. HR. 00. HR. • Buckley’s Cab-Shiraz. 97. 95. 95. $12. Victoria. $13. “The Footbolt” McLaren Vale. Barossa Valley. • Australian Domaine Wines. McClaren Vale.

99. Southeastern Australia. $9. Good through 2007. $15. • Peter Lehman. HR. • Richard Hamilton. $15. $7. 74 . R. HR. $13. Through 2004. Burton’s Vineyard. South Australia. Australia. Individual Vineyards. • Peter Lehman. $8. 01. • Penfolds Bin 128. $15. • Oxford landing. • Madfish. 99. • Paringa. 94. R. $15. 99. Shiraz Reserve.. • Rosemount Shiraz Reserve. $10. $15. Western Australia. 94. 00. 90. HR. 99. • Rosemount Estate. $13. HR. R. $15. $14. HR. Grenache Shiraz. Coonawarra. R. 96.Red Wines Australia • Lindemans. HR. $12. SE Australia. • Maxwell Sem. 95. HR. Padthaway Reserve Shiraz. Good through 2006. • Peter Lehman Barossa. • Marquis Philips. 98. R. Cab/Shiraz. 98. 96. 95. • McPherson. • Rosemount Shiraz. South Australia. 00. $15. Billi Billi Creek. R. $12. 98. Shiraz/Cab. $10. • Mount Langi Ghiran. $14. HR. R. HR. S. 01. • Oxford Landing Limited Release. R. • Rosemount Shiraz. HR. Shiraz.

R. HR. 00. • Hill of Content. S. $15. $15. $15. 00. • D’Arenberg. 98. Copper Mine road. $8. HR. $12. 96. HR. $15. $12. Coonawara. • Chateau Tahblik. $13. 75 . • Tatachilla. HR. HR. • Salena Estate Shiraz. 98. • Stonehaven. R. Winner of prestigious medals. international gold medal. Shiraz/Cabernet. 94. • Brian Berry. Central Victoria. 00. Grenache-Shiraz. Coonawara. 96. • Lindemans Special Selection. Cabernet Sauvignon: • Barwang. Australia. 96. 99. $15. $7.Australia Red Wines • Rosemount Estate. HR. Cabernet Sauvignon. HR. $14. 95. Coonawarra. Green Label. • Wolf Blass. 98. $10. R. Fruity. $10. SE Australia. $15. Good through 2005 • Thomas Mitchell. Good through 2010. 98. good with Mexican food. Cabernet/Merlot. • Wolf Blass Gold label. McLaren Vale. • Greg Norman Estates. Judds Hill Vineyard. 96. HR. McClaren Vale. McLaren Vale HR. Clare Valley. HR.

96. $15. $9. The Manson’s. S. • Tim Adams. Coonamara. $15. • Rosemount Estate. Coonawarra. Coonamarra. 00. Good through 2007. • Riddoch. Limestone Coast. South Australia. R. • Yalumba. HR+. • Rymill. • Waterwheel Vineyards. Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. HR. $15. $15. Bendigo. HR. Australia. 99. • Temple Bruer. 98. Cabernet/Shiraz. 00. S Australia. HR. Coonamarra. Langhorn Creek. $15. • Rymill. Southeastern Australia. HR. • Stonehaven. Diamond label. S Australia. $15. $14. $14. South Australia. HR. HR.Red Wines Australia • Marquis Philips. R. HR. 96. HR. • Yangara Park. HR. • Marquis Philips. 98. S Australia. $15. • Wynn’s Coonawara Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. $14. $14. 96. Southeastern Australia. • Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. S Australia. 00. HR. 96. $15. 76 . 95. HR. HR. 99. $8. $14. • Rymill. Sarah’s Blend. Southeastern Australia. 98. 98. 98.

77 . • The Magpie Estate. 98. HR. HR. intense. 97. R. Cabernet Sauvignon. • McPherson. $13. Res Cab. R. Maipo Valley. $15. 99. • Carmen. • Caliterra Reserva Valle Central. $15. $8. Grenache the Faker. Southeast Australia. Maipo Valley. • Morande. Cabernet Sauvignon. Grenache. R. Southeastern Australia. $15. $8. Merlot. HR. 99.Chile Red Wines Australian Miscellaneous: • Lindeman. Good with sauteed steak. $10. Merlot. • Carmen. Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. 99. HR. $15. Antiquas Reserva. $8. R. Cabernet Sauvignon. 00. • Trevor Jones Boots. Kendall-Jackson in Chile. Barossa. Maipo Valley. $12. 99. 98. HR. CHILE Chile red 1999’s are good. R. Medalla Real Special Reserve Cabernet. 99. • Vino Cousino Macul. • Calina. 95.

99. Good through 2012. • Concha y Toro. R. Marques de Casa. $14. $14. $10. • Cousino-Macul. $12. R. HR. HR. Puente Alto Marques de Concha. • Concha y Toro. Concha Puerte Alto Cabernet. Cabernet Sauvignon. $10. HR. Valle de Maipo Carmenere. Cuvea Alexandre. $9. • Concha y Toro. R. Rapel Valley. Antiquas Reserva. $10. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Reserve Carmenere. 98. 78 . $10. Maipo Valley Vitisterra Grand Reserve. 96. • Dallas-Conte. Cabernet Sauvignon. 99.Red Wines Chile • Carmen. 99. HR. • Casa Lapostolle. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot Casillero del Diablo. Rapel Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon. $12. Cabernet Sauvignon. • Concha y Toro. • Concha y Toro. Merlot. $14. 00. 00. Rapel Valley. • Casa Lapostolle. Cabernet. Cabernet Sauvignon. $12. HR. Marques de Casa. HR. 99.! • Casa Lapostolle. • Morande. R. Peurno Marques de Concha. HR. Maipo Valley. 95. 96. Rapel Valley. 99. Merlot. Good through 2005. Concha Puemo Merlot. $14. R. HR. • Casa Lapostolle. 97. $15. 99.

00. $10. Barrica Selection Syrah. Merlot. HR. 99. • Undurraga. Valle de Rapel. 99. Colchagua Valley. R. Veramonte. $10. $7. Beaujolais seem to be improving every year improving. the notice of the new releases in the Spring is more important than the release of the Nouveaux Beaujolais in the Fall. Casablanca. I have done the same Beaujolais There is no vintages that are considered the “best” Beaujolais . R. Cabernet Sauvignon. $14. HR. Alto de Casablanca. Merlot. Maipo Valley Medalla Real Special Reserve. • Veramonte. Contrary to advertising hype. 99. • Santa Rita. • Veramonte. Carmenere. 99. Maule Valley. HR. R. By the way. 99. 99. HR. FRANCE Because your local wine store will separate bottles from each of major growing areas of French wines. some experts argue that a good Beaujolais needs 10 years to mature. • Santa Rita. 79 . $13.France Red Wines • Santa Carolina. $10. Casablanca. $9.

$14. Fleurie. $14. • George Duboeuf. Domaine du Granet. HR. $15. HR. Fleurie. Flower Label. $14. HR. • Domaine des Rosieres. $14. Coudert Pere et Fils. R. Good through 2002. Beaujolais Villages. Fleurie.Red Wines France • Alfred Gino Bertoldo. Morgon Prestige. 00. $11. Morgon les Prieres de la Chanaise. 80 . $14. 99. R. Moulin-A-Vent. • Chateau des Deduits. 00. • Georges Duboeuf. Georges Duboeuf. Good through 2007. Regnier. $15. Fleurie. Fleurie Chateau du Bachelards. • Clos de la Roilette. HR. Good through 2007. • Chateau de Bachelard. 00. Moulin-a Vent. 00. Clos de la Creuse Noire. Good through 2004. • George Duboeuf. • George Duboeuf. $8. $14. 01. HR. Fleurie. $12. 99. R. Good through 2006. 99. • Domaine des Grands Cras. HR. $12. 99. HR. • Domaine Giloux. R. $10. HR. 00. • George Duboeuf. HR. HR. 00. $11. Morgon. Good through 2006. • Georges Duboeuf. Beaujolais. • Domaine des Quatre Vents. 00. 99. 98.

• Manuelle. The wines of the South of France can be excellent. Brouilly. as well the Cru Bourgeois of Bordeaux itself. Julienne. Duboeuf. 00. HR. is listed for $15. Morgon. St. • Tour de Bief.France Red Wines • Jean Descombes. and from other areas of France. $15. Yet. 81 . • Jean Descombes. Moulin a Vent. $12. Good through 2006. and so are Bordeaux wines that are rightly famous. HR. $14. • Pascal Granger. $14. 98. Morgon. and sometimes are second lines of famous wineries. 98. there are excellent wines for reasonable prices in wines from these areas. and so can the wines of the Loire. I list the following wines as Bordeaux selections that are not priced so high. $13. HR. • Joseph Drouhin. R. Chateau de Bellevue. It is in finding less expensive Bordeaux wines that a thorough knowledge of Bordeaux comes into play. Le Chenes. HR. • Louis Jadot. for example. HR. 00. and comes recommended. Bordeaux and Burgundy French red Burgundies that are good are usually expensive. $15. Veran. The 95 Commanderie. Good through 2007.99. HR. 99. 00. $14. George Duboeuf.

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Bordeaux that is listed for less than $15 per bottle, or from $10 to $20 can, in a good year, be quite good to outstanding. The best Bordeaux years (by areas) are said to be as follows: St Julien/Pauillac/St Esteph (95,90, 89, 85, 82.); Margeaux (90, 86); Graves red (95, 90, 85); Medoc (96); Pomerol (95, 89, 83, 82, 70); St Emilion (90, 82); Barsac/Sauterne (90, 89, 88, 86, 75). Where not indicated these wines are meant to be drunk young, and it is said that one can ignore vintages, although 1995-96 are good. But I have found significant differences between vintages. There are also the secondary wineries of the Primiere Crus and Secondary Crus. In good years these can be excellent wines. What follows are the second wines of the great houses of Bordeaux, with the main houses listed afterwards -- of course, if they are not under $15, they are not officially “on the list.” Primiere Crus:
−Le Bahans du Chateau Haut-Brion (Chateau Haute Brion) −Carraudes de Lafite Rothschild (Chateau Lafite Rothschild) −La Forts-de-Latour (Chateau Latour) −Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margeaux (Chateau Margeaux)

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−Le Petit-Mouton de Mouton Rothschild (Chateau Mouton Rothschild)

Secondary Crus:
−Le Baron de Brane (Chateau Brane-Cantenac) −Clos du Marquis (Chateau Leoville-las-Cases) −Chateau Moulin Riche (Chateau Leoville-Poyferre) −Chateau Segonnes (Chateau Lascombes) −La Croix de Beaucaillou (Chateau Ducres-Beaucaillou) −La Dame de Montrose (Chateau de Montrose) −Les Pagodes de Cos (Chateau Cos-d’Estournal) -Reserve de la Comtesse (Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) -La Reserve Leoville-Barton (Chateau Leoville-Barton) -Sarget de Gruaud-Larose (Chateau Gruaud-Larose) -Segond de Durfort (Chateau Durfort-Vivens) -Segla (Chateau Rauzan-Segla) -Les Tourelles de Longueville (Chateau PichonLongueville)

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The following are lower priced Bordeaux; some are highly rated:
-L’Ancien, Lalande de Pomerol, 00, needs time to mature, from 2008. • Beau Site, Cru Bourgeois, St Estephe, HR+, 00, $14. • Belle Vue, Haut Medoc, HR, 99, $15. Good through 2017. -Canue, HR, 95, $17. • Cap de Faugeres, Cotes de Castillon, HR, $14. Good through 2010. • La Cardonne, Medoc, 96, $12. Prize winning. −Charmail (Haut Medoc), ’92, 93, 94, 95. Keep for 5-6 years before drinking. Second Prize Cru Bourgeoise, 96. -Chateau d’Aiguilhe, Haut Medoc, 2000. From 2006. • Chateau Bernadette, R, $15. • Chateau Bonnet, HR, $12. • Chateau de Carles, Fronsac, HR, $15. • Chateau Carsin, R, 97, $11. -Chateau Chasse-Spleen, Moulis, 00, from 2009. -Chateau Citron, Haut Medoc, 00, from 2005. -Chateau la Croix Canon, Fronsac, 00, from 2006. -Chateau la Croix-Canon, Pomerol, Merlot.

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R. Graves. 00. 00. -Chateau La Louviere. -Chateau Labegorce-Zede. 99. $15. -Chateau Haut Corbin. from 2010. from 2008. Margaux. Medoc. • Chateau Fonfride. Emilion. 00. Julien. 00. from 2007. Merlot. ’96. -Chateau Grand Ormeau. Margaux. -Chateau la Grave Pomerol. • Clos L’Eglise. • Chateau Fources-Dupre. Good through 2005. Pomerol. -Chateau de Francs. 96. 1st prize. $15. from 2008-2009. HR. -Chateau Falfas. St. HR. Bourgeois Cru. Cotes de Bordeaux. -Chateau Liversan. Don’t drink until 2006. Medoc. 96. Bordeaux. Pomerol. -Chateau Ferriere. Cotes de Bourg. -Chateau Moulin de la Rose. St Emilion. Medoc. 85 . Cotes de Castillon. -Chateau Lanessan. Grave. -Chateau du Grand Moueys.France Red Wines -Chateau d’Escurac. St. Merlot. -Chateau Mazeris. $12. $7. Bourgeois Cru. $15. 00. -Chateau d’Escurac. Haut Medoc. -Chateau Falfas. Cotes de Bourg. • Chateau Ferrande. 1st prize. 00.

from 2006. R. 98. St. $15. Bargain. 94. ’94. Medoc. Pomerol Merlot. -Chateau la Serre. -Chateau Rollan de By. 00. St Emilion. 98. Cotes de Bordeaux. 86 . from 2008. 00. 00. 00. St Esteph. -Chateau Suau. Best after 2008. -Coufran (Haut Medoc). St Emilion. 1st prize. from 2009. -Chateau la Vielle Cure. 90. Fronsac. from 2006. Graves. • Fontenil. $15. • Chateau Villa Bel Aire. -Chateau Tour du Haut-Moulin. Perfect with grilled chicken. $15.95. 89.94. -Chateau la Tour de By. Good for 10 years. Cru Bourgeois. -Chateau Segonzac. Fronsac. R. -Chateau Puy Bardens. 98. Haut Medoc. St. Julien. -Chateau Teyssier. Medoc. -Chateau Puyqueraud. Lalande de Pomerol. 95. from 2008. -Chateau les Ormes de Pez. -Les Cruzelles. 00. Good for 10-15 years. HR. -Fanteuil (Fronsac). HR+. Cotes de Bordeaux. Emilion. • Cote de Castillon. -Chateau la Sergue. $9. from 2005.Red Wines France -Chateau de Musset. ’89.90. Lalande de Pomerol.

Good usually for 7-8 years. Bonnet (medoc) 1989. 97. -Marsan (Cotes de France). 94. HR+. $14. Medoc. 95. 90. 00. 95. 95. 93. 94. HR. Haut Medoc. Cru Bourgeois. 90. Cru Bourgeois. 95. ’95.! ! -Vieux Chateau Champ de Mars. 90. -Larose-Trintaudon. -Greysac Medoc. 94 95. HR+. -Jonqueyres (Bordeaux). • La Vieille Cure (Fronsac). R. 1st prize. 00. ’89. Good for 10 years -Les Ormes Sorbet (Medoc). Medoc. 95. Good for 5-6 years. 90. Pomerol. grilled chicken. Red Wines -Les Grandes Chenes (Medoc). St Estephe. -La Tour St. 94-95. -Moulin Rouge (Haut Medoc). $15. 99. 90. 98. -Roc de Cambes (Cotes de Bourg). 89. -Pitray Cotes de Castillon (St. 87. 90. Fronsac. HR. • Tronquoy-Lalande. R. 97. Good for 10-15 years 87 . Good for 5-6 years. $14. Emilion). ’94-95. Good for 5-7 years. Good for 56 years. 94. $15. Good usually for 10-15 years. • Greysac. • Senejec. 94. 89. 95. $10. 94.France • Fontenil.

Burgundy: Excellent Burgundies are too expensive to list here. 96. especially when compared to wines from more famous areas. 94. 88 .Red Wines France -Vieux Chateau Landon. This indicates that the wine is a blend that does not fit an appellation. -Vieux Robin (Medoc). en Champtorey. $14. Best years are Cotes de Nuits 90. Medoc. Languedoc/Roussillon/Provence: The length of this section indicates many wines from this region are outstanding. 98. $15. Less expensive red Burgundies are not rated as high. Graves. 95. R. same for Cotes de Beaune. • Villa Bel-Air. R. and excellent bargains. • Rene Bouvier. Marsannay Rose. Note that VDP means Vin du Pays (country wine). Usually good for 5-7 years. from 2006. and can still cost a lot (but are usually not worth buying). VDP wines can be outstanding. 98.

99. HR+. • Chateau Bosquette. • Chateau Campuget. $15. HR. Vin de pays du gard. Blend VDP. Good through 2004. $7. • Chateau Bousquette. Cotes de Languedoc. Syrah. • Chateau Bousquette. VDR du gard. • Chateau Campuget. $15. 98. 99. 94. Pic St. 97. HR. HR. Costiere de Nimes. 98. to 2007. HR. Costieres de Nime. $15. 98. Grenache. Coteaux de Languedoc. • Chateau de Campuget. Coteaux du Languedoc. Coteaux-La Clape la Falaise.France Red Wines • Chapellere Laurett. 98. • Chateau de Cazeneuve. R. Corbieres Cuvee Randolin Vieilles Vignes. $12. 98. Madiran. $11. $13. HR. HR+. Not ready until 2005. • Chateau Lavabre. Chateau Veronique.! ! • Chateau de Jau. Loup. $14. $7. 89 . R. Chateau Veronique. 98. Cuvee Prestige. Good through 2007. Cotes du Ventoux quintessence tres vielles vignes. $10. HR+. Roussillon Villages. $11. 97. • Chateau les Palais. HR. SW France. 98. St. • Chateau de la Negly. $11.-Chinion. HR. Pic-St Loup. 98. Coteaux du Languedoc. HR. • Chateau Pesquie. 94. • Chateau de Lascaux. $15. Good through 2005. R. HR. 94. $15. • Chateau de Campuget.

HR. • Chateau la Roque. • Chateau Valcombe.Red Wines France • Chateau Pesquie. Coteau du Languedoc. Good through 2004. Cotes du Ventoux les Griottes. $10. • Chateau la Roque. • Chateau Valcombe. • Chateau St-Martin de la Garrrigue. HR. Coteau du Languedoc Bronzinelle. Coteaux de Languedoc Bronzinelle. 98. Pic St Loup. Coteaux du Languedoc. 98. $7. $12. HR. Costieres de Nimes. HR+. 98. 90 . HR. $15. HR. $13. $13. 98. Prestige de Valcombe. 94. HR. Good through 2005. HR. 99. HR. Good through 2005. Good through 2005. Good through 2006. Good through 2008. Languedoc. • Chateau la Roque. $13. $10. 99. 98. 99. • Chateau Sancho. $14. Good through 2004. Good through 2008. $13. Cuvee de St Martin. Cotes du Ventoux. 97. 98. HR. Pic St Loup Cupa Numismae.99. Les Terrasses. $11. $12. HR. • Chateau St Martin de la Garrigue. $13. Pech de la Lune. HR. Pic St Loup. Languedoc. HR.! ! • Chateau Ste-Michele. • Chateau la Roque. • Chateau Valcombe. • Chateau St Martin de la Garrigue. Good through 2007. 99. Pic St Loup. Costiere de Nimes.

HR. 99. R. $7. Languedoc. Good through 2010. Montpeyroux. • Domaine Arguliere. • Domaine Borie de Maurel. 91 . 99. HR. Collier. Cote du Rhone. Cuvee Sylla. 95. HR. • Domaine Arguliere. Vigneron Baixas. $15. Clos du Moulin. Collioure rouge. 00. $9. Good through 2009. Good through 2006. Minervois Cuvee Scylla. $14. R. HR. Coteaux de Languedoc. Good through 2004. Coteaux de Languedoc. HR. • Domaine de Mas Blanc. $10. HR. $8. Prestige Costieres de Nimes. HR. 97. HR. $15. Syrah. • Domaine Arguliere. Cotes des Ventoux Signature. 94.! ! • Le Clos de Paulilles. • Domaine Arguliere. • Domaine Borie de Maurel Syrah Minervois. • Chateau Valmoure. 94. 96. 00. HR. Good through 2004. Syrah Cabernet. Vigne Antique. 97. 94. $15. $14. $8. $15. • Chateau de Valcombe. $15. $15. • Domaine Borie de Maurel. Doteurs Parce. Minervois.France Red Wines • Chateau Valcombe. 97. Coteaux de Languedoc. 97. Duboeuf. $12. HR+. Good through 2006. R. • Dom Rial. 96. R. • Domaine de Bordeneuve.

Jai de Jau. HR. VDP d’Oc. Cuvee Caroline. Chinian. Cuvee Prestige. • Domaine de Mas Cremat. Pic St. du Rou rouge. • Domaine de Montpesent. 95. $12. Loup. HR. HR. Good through 2005. R. • Domaine de Granoupiac. VDP d’Oc. Good through 2007. 92 . HR. HR. Pic St Loup Classique. St Chinian Futs de Chene Vielles Vignes (old vines). • Domaine Marties. du gard. Vin de pays. $12. Cuvee Classique Pic St. HR. 98. HR. R. 96. • Domaine de Murettes Minervois. R. 95. • Domaine Marquise des Mures. $15. C. HR. Good through 2007. $11. HR. Cuvee Prestige. Good through 2005. 97. Faugeres Languedoc. 99. Cab/Syrah. 98. $15. 98.Red Wines France • Domaine Canet Vallette. • Domaine Ferrer Ribiere. • Domaine Leon Barrel. Good through 2005. 95. Good through 2004. $15. • Domaine des Cantarelles. • Domaine de Montpezat. St. 98. Languedoc/Rousillon Coteaux. 97. Vin de pays. $10. $12. Good through 2008. 95. $15. $15. • Domaine Lafabre. 98. HR. • Domaine de Murettes Minervois le Prat d’Olivier. • Domaine Ferrer Chateau de Jau. $15. $12. $8.

Minervois. Gros Mansury. $10. • Domaine de St. HR. R. • Grande Cassagne. Minervois la Liviere Clos l’Angely. $10. • Grande Cassagne. Syrah. 98. • Domaine de Tourell.France Loup. Antoine. Pays des Cotes de Gascogne. • Domaine St Hilaire. $15. D’Oc. Coteaux de Languedoc Tonneaux. Good with grilled steak. Good through 2008. Cote de Languedoc. R. 95. $15. Good through 2005. 00. Vin de Sud. 97. $14. $15. Good through 2005. 98. HR. 97. 98. VDP (country wine) d’Oc. HR+. HR. HR. Costiere de Nimes. $9. Coteaux de Langedoc. 98. HR. 95. 98. • Domaine St Jean. Costieres de Nimes Syrah unfiltered. 94. and Col de Best. HR. Grenache/Syrah. Red Wines • Domaine Piccini. $10. $9. • Domaine de Rectorie. $12. • Grand Cassagne.00. HR. Martin de la Garrigue. Martin VDP. 99. Cuvee St. • Domaine St. $11. HR. VDP du Gard. Good through 2004. • Domaine de la Tour Boisee. $9. R. $8. Syrah. HR. • Domaine du Tariquet. 93 . Corene Pescole.

Good through 2009. $15. Good through 2004. Good through 2004. 98. Costieres de Nimes. Vins Pays du Gard. • Guy Sauvanes. Syrah/Grenache. Cabernet/Syrah. $10. 00. HR. $8. Cab/Syrah. 98. 00. 98. HR. • Mas de Bressades. HR. $8. Good through 2006. Vin de pays du gard. HR. • Mas de Bressades. $13. $14. Coteaux du Languedoc. • Mas de Bressade. • Mas Carlot. 94 . 97. 98. HR. du Grand Syrah. • Mas de la Barben. 00. HR. HR. 00. Vin de pays du gard. $12. HR. $12. Vin de pays du gard. • Mas de Guiot. du gard. Good through 2011. HR. 96. VDP D’Oc. HR. Cabernet/ Syrah. $11. VDP (country wine). Cabernet-Syrah. • Mas des Bressades. 97. $14. country wine). VDP du gard. 94. du gard Cabernet-Syrah. HR. $14. Faugeres. $10. HR. 00. 98.Red Wines France • Grande Cassagne. Syrah/Grenache. $13. • Mas des Aveylans. Good through 2007. Syrah. • Mas des Bressades. Syrah Cuvee Hippolyte. • Mas des Bressades. HR. Languedoc. HR. $13. • Mas de Bressades. • Mas des Aveylans. Cuvee Syrah. VDP (country wine). VDP du gard. VDP (Vin des pays.

VDP du Gard. $15. Les Baux de Provence. • Mas Morties. Good through ! 2005. $15. HR. $13. HR. • Vignobles l’Orgeril. 97. A bit rough but good. 98. HR. 95 . 98. VDP (country wine). Good through 2004. 99. HR. $15. 99. $10. • Patrick Lesec. $14. HR. 99. HR. Ermitage du Pic St. HR+. HR. Les Grands Augustins. $12. 98. $13. $15. 99. Coteaux du Languedoc. 98. 99. HR+.! • Mourgues du Gres. $10. Good through 2005. • Mas de Guiot. $9. 95. Good through 2006. R. Loup. d’Oc Merlot Tonneaux. • Mas de Guiot. 98. Cotes du Rousillon Cana. Good through 2007. Costiere de Nimes. Cuvee Prestige. Good through 2006.France Red Wines • Mas de Gourgonaies. HR. 98. 00. $12. Pic St Loup. • Mas de Guiot. • Tardieu-Laurent. VDP. • Tardieu-Laurent. Good through 2012. HR. Vin de pays du gard. • Ravaille Freres. VDP D’Oc. • Piccinini. Minervois la Liviniere les Hauts de la Borie Blanche. HR. Capitelles de Mourgue. Good through 2005. Minervois Cuvee Line et Laetitia. • Novellum. Vin pays du gard. Costieres de Nimes. $11. • Ribiere. Cotes du Rousillon. $14. HR. Good through 2007.

96 . • Domaine Moreau. HR+. • Chateau Mont Redon. St Nicholas-de-Bourgueil. 94. • Lydie and Max Cognard-Taluau. $12. HR. 96. Rhone: Best years are 1978. 99. R. HR. 98. $12. 00.! • Andre Brunel. 1991. HR+. $15. 90. $10. Crozes Hermitage. R. 98. Cotes du Rhone. 93. mostly too expensive for this book. Rhone Valley. Both are very highly rated. Good through 2005. Good through 2005. Cuvee de malagnes. 98. $15. 81. R. 99. • Francois Cotat. 96. $12. $15. and Domaine du Pegau. 98. 98. HR. • Chateau Mont Redon. For other special vintages note Domaine de Marcoux. VDP Francais les Culs de Beajeu. Sommelongue. 98. HR. • Alain Graillot. 89. and 01. St Nicholas-deBoudrgueil. • Alain Graillot. Chinon. 90. Cotes du Rhone. $15. $15. Cuvee Laurence.Red Wines France Loire As with Burgundy. Crozes-Hermitage. 98. 95. and 97. Best years for Loire reds are 89. • Bredif.

Good through 2006. HR. HR. $15. • Delas Freres. Cotes de Ventoux la Quintescence. 00. $15. 94. 99. 97. $10. • Domaine Brusset. Cotes du Rhone Villages. Cotes du Rhone Syrah. Good through 2005. • Chateau Pesquire. • Domaine Andre Brunel. $13. • Chateau Signac. • Clos l’Escandel. Good through 2004. HR. 98. 15. Cotes du Rhone. HR. • Domaine D’Andezon. Cotes du Rhone. Vielles Vigne. Tres Vielles Vignes. 00. Clos de l’Hermitage. $15. Cotes du Rhone. HR. Good through 2005. $10. Veille Vignes. $15.! • Domaine d’Andezon. Good through 2010. $15. Syrah. $12. • Domaine Caillou. HR. Cuvee Sommolongue. 97. 98. • Domaine Caillou. 97. • Chateau de Segries.! • Chateau de Trignon. Cotes du Rhone. HR. • Domaine d’Andezon. Cotes de Ventoux Cuvee 105. Cotes du Rhone. $12. $14. $12. 94. HR. Cotes du Rhone. HR. R. Cotes du Rhone Villages. • Chateau du Trignon. 99.France Red Wines • Chateau Pesquire. Crozes-Hermitage les Lannes Rouge. HR. $15. Cuvee Terra Amata. HR. Vielles Vignes. R. 98. Clos du 97 . Will last. HR. Cotes du Rhone. Cote du Rhone Cornas. 99. $12.

HR. 99. 94. 93. Cote du Rhone Villages. • Domaine de Fontanille. • Domaine de Montpezat. • Domaine de la Janasse. HR. $15. Cuvee Serino. $15. 98. $13. Good through 2013. 98. $14 • Domaine Fondreche. Good through 2008. $13. 98 . 94. Good through 2009. Classique. $15. Cotes de Ventoux. HR. • Domaine la Martine. $15. Chateauneuf du Pape. Good through 2007. 98. $15. Chateauneuf du Pape. 00. $13. Cuvee Prestige les Eglantiers. HR. $9. See also Languedoc. $15. Cotes de Luberon. 99. HR. • Domaine de la Remejeanne. • Domaine de l’Oratoire St Martin. Cotes du Rhone Villages. Cuvee Prestige. HR. Maximilian. Cuvee Prely. 00.Red Wines France Caillou. HR. • Domaine de Remejeanne. HR. • Domaine de la Remejeanne. 98. • Domaine de la Mordoree. 99. • Domaine de Grands Bois. Cotes du Rhone. Vinsobres. • Domaine Chaume-Arnaud. HR. HR. $13. 96. $15. • Domaine de la Mordoree. Cotes du Rhone Villages les Genevrieres. HR. Lirac Cuvee de la Reine des Bois. R. Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Cuvee. HR. 96. R.

• Domaine du Trapadis. Good through 2005. HR. HR. Good through 2004. • Domaine Santa Duc. HR. 99. • Guigal. 98. Cotes du Rhone. HR. R. HR. • Domaine de la Renjarde. Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau Cuvee Prestige. • Domaine Roger Perrin. $15. • Domaine Rocher. Cote du Rhone. • Jean-Luc Columbo. Good through 2012. HR. HR. $12. $14. $15. $13. 97. 99. Good through 2014. 00. Le Quatre Terres. 98. • Domaine Sainte Anne. Good through 2002. • Domaine St Luc. • Domaine de St Cosme. • Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone. Good through 2012. $10. Cotes du Rhone Villages. HR+. $15. 95. • Domaine Thalabert. HR. Crozes Hermitage. $12. 99. HR. Cotes du Rhone. 00. 00. • Domaine Santa Duc. Cabernet Sauvignon. Gigondas. 98. $15. • Domaine la Soumade. Cotes du Rhone. $13. Cotes du Rhone. Les Abeilles. $10. HR. $15.France Red Wines • Domaine de la Renjarde. Cotes du Rhone Villages. Cotes du Rhone. R. Reserve de Cassagne. Cuvee Prestige Vielles Vignes. Good through 2005. Good through 2010. 99 . 96. HR. $12. Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages. $15. 98. Cotes du Rhone Villages. Parallele 45. HR. Rose.

Cote du Rhone-Villages. HR. HR. • Mas de Boislauzon. Good through 2010. HR. • Paul Jaboulet Aine. Cabernet/Syrah. HR. R. Good through 2007. Vielles Vigne. Les Abeilles. $13. 99. 94. 00. Cote du Rhone Grande Reserve. $11. 99. • Patrick Lesec Selections. HR. $10. Cotes du Rhone Village. R. • Louis Bernard. HR. • Louis Bernard. Cotes du Rhone Aurore. $10. • Patrick Lesec Selections. • Mas des Bressades. $13. Rasteau Domaine de Beaurenard. HR. France • Jean-Luc Colombo. $9. 99. Good through 2007. See also Languedoc. $14. Good through 2010. • Patrick Lesec Selections. • Louis Bernard. Cotes du Rhone Vacqueyras. HR. 00. HR. $13. Good through 2005. 98. 00. 00. Crozes-Hermitage les Jalets. $15.Red Wines 97. 00. $10. Cote du Rhone Villages. Cotes du Rhone Villages Visan. Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau. Good through 2010. Good through 2007. $14. 98. 99. $14. HR. • Paul Coulon & Fils. Vielles Vignes. $15. Cotes du Rhone. • Olivier Cuilleras. Cotes du Rhone Villages. 100 .

Trocken. Vielles Vignes. See also Languedoc.Germany • Perrin. Rhone. 98. Will age well. Cuvee de la Haies aux Grives. QbA. Red Wines • St. HR. HR. • Tardieu-Laurent. $13. 98. Excellent German Burgundy. 98. Good through 2015. • La Veille Ferme. Pfalz. HR. HR. $11. Naoussa Grande Reserve. 96. $7. • Fitz-Ritter. $15. GERMANY • Fitz-Ritter. 99. trocken (dry). • Tardieu-Laurent. 00. Durkheimer Spatburgunder. GREECE • Boutari. Cote du Rhone. Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes. Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau. 96. Grande Garde. $13. 98. • Gaia Estate. 98. $15. • St. HR+. HR. HR. 101 . Durkheimer Spatburgunder. Gervais. $8. HR. HR. Benoit. R. Cotes du Rhone Villages. HR. Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge. Peloponnesos 13-18h Rose. 97. $15. See also Languedoc. 97. • Vieux Chene. $9.

Naoussa Ramnista. with some greattasting exceptions I’ve noted below. ITALY It’s easy to taste why Italian reds are considered by some to be the world’s greatest wines -. The most famous wines are the Barolo and the Barbaresco from the Piedmont. But there are still many outstanding Italian wines for less than $15 if you know where to look. HR+. Better in 2012. $15. as noted. but others cost much less. HR.Red Wines Italy • Ktima Kyr-Yianni. Patras Asprolithi. Some of the best valued Italian wines come from the Piedmont region. I’ve including more information in my introduction to Italian wines in the “white wine” section of this book. many of which are too expensive to be included in this book. 97. 102 . • Oenofaros. Best Years The best years for Italian wines vary from one part of the country to another (much of this introduction. Good now. $10.and some of the most expensive. 98. The better known wineries in the area produce expensive wines.

for example. 97. 88. • Allegrini. Rosso. 90. 96. Piedmont and other Northern Italian Wines: • Allegrini. 85.Italy Red Wines can be applied to both red and white wines). outside of Siena). 96. 96. $14. 79. 89. 96. 90. HR. 97. • Allegrini.Tuscany 85. 85. Palazzo della Torre. Dolcetto D’Alba. $12. HR. 95. and wine to wine. 85. .Brunello (from Montalcino. La Grola. $14. 82.Veneto/Amarone. Copertino. • Apollonio. 95. but does not age gracefully. Some outstanding years are as follows: By Region . 90. 97 . 88.Piedmont: 78. 83. Palazzo della Torre. 90. $10. Some the lives of each wine vary from region to region. Some Amarones stand up to decades. 88. 96. 98 . HR+. can be delicious. 99 There are also other areas of northern Italy that produce outstanding wines. .! 103 . HR. Valpollicello.

98. • Moccagatta. HR. Dolcetto. Great with spaghetti. $12. Piedmont. Good through 2004. $15. • Le Due Terre. HR. Vitiano. 99. • Pasitin. Barbera d’Alba la Serra. 98. HRHR99. R. $12. • Giacomo Grimaldo. Good through 2005. 96. $15. 98. 99. Dolcetto di Dogliani Ribote. Piedmont. R. 98. 98. $7. • Massimo Oddero. • Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti. $15. 98. • Castello di Neive Basarin. $12. 98. HR. • Bruno Porro. HR. $15. HR. 99. $15. • Masi.Red Wines Italy • Azelia. $14. Piani Noce. • Caritine Gemma. • Paruso. HR. Dolcetto. Sengo Alighieri. Dolcetta d’Alba. Dolcetto D’Alba. HR. R. Classico Superiore. $12. 96. $15. $14. 96. Sacrisassi Vinoda Tavola Friuli. HR. HR. Madonna della Neive. $15. 99. $15. • E. Piedmont. Bricco dell’Oriolo. $15. 104 . • Falesco. 99. Dolcetta D’Alba. • Palazzo della Torre. $15. HR. Piedmont. Dolcetto d’Alba Sorba. • Giovanni Manzone. 99. Cogno Mandorlo. Barbera d’Alba. HR. • Fiano di Avelino. Dolcetto d’Alba. Dolcetto d’Alba. HR. HR.

96. HR.Italy Red Wines • Pierro Bussa. • Tre Vigne. Dolcetto d’Alba. 95. 99. HR. 98. HR. $14. $14. • Il Sestante. Central Italy: Good vintages for Vino di Nobile (from Montalcino. HR. 105 . $14. Note: in a good year. although I have had an excellent 1995 Poliziano. and 90 (and 97. 96. 99). Valpollicello Classico. 98. the Rosso Montalcino can approach the excellence of the Vino di Nobile (it comes from the same kind of grape from the same area). $13. Vigna Majano. • Le Ragose. $14. Tre Vigne d’Asti. • Vietti. Valpollicello Classico Superiore. Both Rossos are much less expensive. • Tre Vigne. 88. 96. Vignelo I Pianeti. Abruzzo wines from Montepulciano can also be excellent. $15. R. just as the Rosso di Montepulciano in a good year approaches the legendary Brunellos. Barbera D’Alba. R. HR. $15. R. 96. outside of Siena) are 85. $15. • Tenuto Roccacia. Barberi d’Alba. Barbera D’Asti. Fontenova Tuscany. • Tre Vigne. 96.

Cortavecchia Ris. Chianti Colli Fiorentini. 98.Red Wines Italy • David d’Angelo. Umbria. 98. 98. HR. 99. • Arnolda Caprai. • Giacomo Mori. $10. $13. Umbria. HR. • Carmignano St Cristina in Pilla. Multipulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto Riserva. $7. $14. 94. Sangiovese. Chianti. HR+. HR. • Falesco. $15. $9. HR. HR. $14. 97. $15. • Fattoria le Sorgenti. $13. HR. Falesco. $11. HR. • Arnolda Caprai. 97. • Falesco. $10. $5. 98. • Le Corti. 97. Chianti Classico. 00. $10. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Corasuolo. • Badia a Coltibuona. 106 . • Falesco. HR. $11. HR. 97. 98. Cetamura Tuscany. $14. • Corrina. Stucchi. Good through 2007. $7. R. 98. 97. Vitiano. $10. Merlot. Good through 2007. 99. HR. Tuscany. HR. Same. • Foradori Teroldego. Merlot. R. 99. Rose. HR. $12. Vitiano IGT. HR. Santa Christina. • Ciccio Zaccagnini. Chianti. • Fattoria Petroio. 97. Vitiano. Umbria. HR. 00. Umbria. international ! gold medal. Tuscan.! • Antinori. Multipulciano d’Abruzzo.! ! • Badia a Coltibuona. • Illuminati Compirosa. Chianti. HR. Tuscany. Falesco.

97. Vitiano. $11. Sangiovese. Tuscany. and most are inexpensive. An everyday red wine. VDT Tuscany. • Querceto. • Tracolle. $13. • Sturaia Rosso.S. • Renzo Masi. HR. HR. 97. HR. 97. Classico Superiore. Good through 2010. HR.Italy Red Wines • Illuminati. Tuscana. Southern Italian. • Selvapiana. Chianti Classico Riserva. including Sardinian and Sicilian: Many truly outstanding southern Italian wines are not well known in the U. $12. • Monte Antico. $12. Tuscany. 97. Chianti Classico. $9. $15. R. HR. 98. In fact. HR. 95. Good through 2002. Umbria. $10. 90. $9. • Monti. Toscana Erta e China. • Luigi Righetti. HR. Chianti Rufina. Selvamaggia. 107 . R. HR. Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. Multepulciano d’Abruzzo Riparesso. 98. d’Abruzzo. HR. Renzo Masi Erte e China. $7. Umbria. 00. Good through 2006. • Villa la Selva. Good through 2005. HR.. • Vinicola. $14. • Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano. $8. 95. Abruzzi. 95. 97. $14. Campolieti.

Merlot) . along with their grapes: • Sicilian: .Argiolas (Turriga.Morgante (Nero d’Avola. Apulia.La Segreta (Planeta. Negroamaro) 108 . • Sardinia: . I have listed some of the wines below. Grenache) • Campania: . Syrah). from Aglianico grape.Culo (Vigna Spano. Also Greco del Tufo) . Riserva. Apulia) . Malvasia Nero) . Negroamaro grape) .Copertino (Reserva.Mastroberardine (Taurasi.Taurino (Salice Salentino.Villa Matilde (Falerno del Massico Rosso) .Sella and Mosca (Cannonare di Sardegne Riserva.Red Wines Italy many of the grapes grown in this region are not well known.

• Planeta. HR. 99. • Apollonio. 97. $12. • Apollonia.Italy Red Wines • Abbazia Santa Anastasia. • Argiolas. $10. Sicily. • Feudi di San Gregorio Allente Vat. Nero d’Avola. 109 . HR. 98. Bizantino. Good through 2005. $9. $12. $9. • Fiana di Avelino. Sicily. 98. HR. La Segreta Rosso. Costera. • Sella and Mosca. 99. $15. Passomaggio. HR. Sardinia. HR. HR. Salento IGT. $14. 99. 99. Apulia. • Argiolas. Good through 2004. Isoladei Nuraghi. $9. $12. HR. HR. Rosso. HR. $15. HR. • Gulfi. Cannonau Sardegna Reserva. Primitivo Terranoglo. 98. Apulia. Sardinia. Primitivo. • Argiolas. $12. HR. HR. Costera. Conero. 98. 99. HR. 98. Sardegna Riserva Cannonau. $12. $11. • Mano. Good through 2007. Sicily. 98. 97. HR. • Sella and Mosca. 97. Nero d’Avola. HR. $9. Sardinia. • Morgante. red wine. Valle Cupa Salento. A light. 96. $12. Neroiblea. Campania. • Pervini. • Monte Schiavo. 99. Perdera. Sicily. Botacio. R. Apulia.

R. • Villa Matilde. Rosso. $13. $15. R. Campania. 98. Douro Grande Escola. New Zealand • Sin-Farosa Primitivo. Rosso. $11. which are too expensive to list here. • Taurino Salice Salentino. Pinot Noir. 96. $9. 97. a red wine. 98. Lately. • Tasca d’Almerita. $11.Red Wines $14. • Calheiros Cruz. $15. 99. R. NEW ZEALAND • Zenitdh. R. Apulia. $12. 97. $12. • Taurino. 98. Marlborough Valley. Salice Salentino Reserva. 97. Regaleali Sicily. HR. Sometimes LBV (Late Bottle Vintages) from Portugal are very good and not so less expensive. However. • Tasca d’Almerita Regaleale Rosso. HR. $9. 110 . HR. R. Piedirosso de Roccamonfina. Australia has outstanding ports at reasonable prices. PORTUGAL Portugal is known for its great Ports. • Casa de Santar Dao Reserve. Potuguese reds have been getting better. 97. HR.

Tinto. da Fonseca. R. $6. $15. HR. 92. HR+. $10.Durbanville 111 . 90. B. $9. • J. Douro Casa Ferreirinha Esteva. 94 and 95.Constantia . HR. R. Palmela Aliena Particular. The best ones (in alphabetical order) are: . SOUTH AFRICA There are 12 appellations in South Africa. 99. R. HR. $7. 00. Powerful. • Ferreira. HR. • Marques de Borba Alentejo. Portalegre d’Avillez. R. 90. $10. Dao Reserva. 99.98. $13. Dao. • Convento da Serra Alentejaro. Paulo da Silva. 99. HR. • A. Douro Colheita Especial. $15. Sintra Gaerafeira Reserva. Excellent with food. Alentejaro. • Grao Vasco. ! Good through 2012. • Quinto do Carvalhino. 97.Portugal Red Wines • Castelinho. • Cortes de Cima.! • Caves Alianca. $11. An everyday red wine. $15. Bairrada. Azenhas do Mar. $13. • Quinto das Maias. M.

98. • Cathedral Cellar. • Fleur du Cap. 97. HR. Stellenbosch. Cabernet Sauvignon. $13. red wine. 112 . $13. Western Cape (note not from a favored appellation). Pinotage. • Simonsig Estate. Stellenbosch.Franschhoek . R. 97.Stellenbosch Perhaps the country’s greatest potential is in its Shiraz (note: the flavors have a strong Australian influence). • Clos Malverne. 99. $15. • Backsberg. HR. Needs some time. • Warwick Trilogy. Pinotage. Roodeberg. Coastal region. $12. Paarl. R. Shiraz.Robertson . Stellenbosch. 97. 97. 98. $12. a cross between Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinotage.Paarl . and they have outclassed Australian Shiraz in some tastings. • KWV. $15. Stellenbosch. 97. R. • Fairview. R. HR. HR+. Cab. The traditional South African red is called a Pinotage. Reserve. Good through 2007. $15.Red Wines South Africa . Coastal region. $11. Cabernet blend.

Some are notably great wines.Spain Red Wines SPAIN Spain produces more wine per person than any other country. but others at lower prices. Rivola Sardon del Duera. 81. Good through 2012. and Graciano. 91. 82. 94. The best Riojas usually sell for $25-$60 per bottle. Good through 2005. $12. HR. 96. and can be a nice wine. $11. Other good grapes are Monastrell (Mourvedre). Etim. 113 . Rivola Sardon de Duero. by the way. 88. Spanish Non-Vintage Cava. 82. 86. the most famous being red wines (tintos) from the Rioja region. 89. Good through 2005. Retuerta. 96. 94. 94. $12. • Agricola Falset Merca. 83. Good through 2004.80. 95. • Abadia Retuerta. • Abadia. In general. 81. 95. 96. 95. Penedes 94. $10. R. Spanish 89s and 90s are excellent. and so are Rioja 70. 96 (I’m personally partial to 94s). Terragona. can also be excellent. 99. HR. Rivola. 85. • Abadia Retuerta. 99. is like Champagnoise. Sardon de Duero. $12. Ribera de Duera 79. 83. 91. 98. Sardon de Duero. HR. 90. Catalonia 81. HR. 82. • Abadia Retuerta. 01.

HR. • Bodega Nekeas. HR. HR. $6. Navarre. $12. 97. $8. 98. R. • Bodegas Nekeas. 98. • Bodegas Nekeas. only several cases made. HR. • Campo de Borja Borsao. Most Nekeas wines are great values. This happens to be among the best. 96. Nekeas is almost always good. 97. R. R. • Bodegas Ramirez. Jumilla. Priorat. Good through 2005. $10. 97. HR. $10. Merlot. Dama de Toro Reserva. • Bodegas Farina. $14. 98. Vino Mayor Crianza. • Barranc dels Closos. Mas Igneus. 00. Navarra. $15. HR. $15. R. Vega Sindoa. Old Vines. Merlot. 98. $11.Red Wines Spain • Agricola de Borja. $14. • Bodegas Osborne. Jerez. Borsaoda Tres Pico. $14. HR. HR. 93. $5. $13. $9. Condes de Albareis. Merlot. Campo Borja. Vega Sindoa. 114 . • Alarba. R. Ramirez de la Piscina. 97. R. Rias Baixes. • Bodegas Salnesur. Albarino. R. 00. 98. Grenache based. 95. $12. Vega Sindoa el Chapparal old vine. Ribera de Duero. • Bodegas Breton. • Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa. 95. • Antonio Barcelo. Navarra. 80% Grenache. Manzinilla. • Bodega Casa de la Ermita. Good through 2006. Lorinon.

• Castell dei Remei. 98. HR. Monsaut. 00. $15. Grenach/Syrah. HR. Mas Donis Barrica. R. Hecula. • Castell del Remei. Reserva. $15. • Castano. HR. HR. R. Yecla. $10. • Capcanes. • Capanes. • Castell del Remei. Good through 2012. 98. 97. HR. $11. HR. $9. • Casa de la Ermita. 99. 00. Gotim Bru. Gotim Bru. • Condesa de Laganza. 99. $9. Good through 2005. • Capcaves Costers de Grand. $15. les Vinyasses Costers del Gravet. Costers del Segre. 96. • Condado de Haza. Good through 2004. Yecla. 01. 99. $13. $15. $10. Crianza. • Conde de Valdemar. HR. 98. Good through 2007. $10. Tinto Jumillo. Gotim Bru Costas del Segra. Yecla. Good through 2016. HR. Good through 2004. HR. $10. 2008. Tarragona. 96. R. 00. Ribera del Duero Cosecha.Spain Red Wines • Capcanes. 99. Solana. • Castano. HR. $10. • Conde de Valdemar Rioja Crianza. HR. 115 . HR. $10. • Castano. Mas Donis. Costres de Segre. Good through 2012. La Mancha. Les Vinyasses Taragosa. $12. 00. Hecula.

95. Good through 2008. HR. Murune Crianza. 98. Rioja Reserva.! ! • Segura Viudes. $15. $15. 94. Yecla. 97. $15. 98. Manzinilla. HR. R. 95. HR. Rioja. $12. Good through 2005. • Primicia.! ! • Remelluri. Good through 2005. $15. R. Cava. R. • Remelluri. R. 96. • Iglesia Vieja. • Montecillo Rioja Crianza. 116 . Priorat Embruix. • Muga Reserva. • Priorat. $7. $15. Brut Cava. Vina Mayor Reserva. $9. HR. 96. • Hijos de Antonio Barcelo Ribera de Duero. 88. San Leon. $10. • Priorat. (Toro). Rioja. 98. Good through 2009. 94. • Marques de Gelida. HR. $12. HR+. Rioja. HR. $14. HR. $10. 98. will keep for many years. • Montecillo. 94. • Raimat. 96. 00. • Heredoros de Argueso. 97. $7. • Muga. Reserva unfiltered. HR. R. Jerez. Cava. Rioja Vina diezmo Reserva. HR+. HR. Vallerba Cab. Vall Llach. $15. $15. NV. R. R. • Montecillo 1988.75. 94. $13. Rioja Reserva. $13. $13. • Juve de Campos.Red Wines Spain • Frutos Vilar. Riserva di Familia. 93. Onix.

A. Don PX. 00. • Vega Sindoa el Chaparrral. HR. • Torres. 96. R. • Toros Albala. Rioja. $9. $12. Penedes. Finding a bargain 117 . HR. • Tresantos.USA • Sierra Cantabria. Good through 2004. 97. Every year they get better. 98. Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva. 97. HR. 96. • Torres. NV. Pedro Ximenes (MontillaMoriles). HR. Good through 2004. $13.S. $11. • Sierra Cantabria. Crianza Toro. $13. Good through 2004. Rioja. HR. HR. • Sierra Cantabria. R. R. every year they are better regarded. 93. • Solabal. Reserva. Navarra. 95. Red Wines • Sierra Cantabria. HR. $7. and every year they cost more money. 94. Vega Sauco. Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva. $10. Codice. Good through 2008. HR. $11. 00. Rioja. $11. U. 94. Crianza Rioja. $14. will age nicely. $11. California There is so much to say about California wines. Zamora.

or small wineries. Note: always beware of the second to least expensive wine on a restaurant’s wine list -. many restaurants in the U. Small wineries often will ship wines.it is often the most marked up since most people who do not know their wines are embarrassed to order the cheapest but are not confident enough to investigate the other wines on the list.Red Wines USA in California wines is now as hard as finding a bargain in European wines. I have not included them. particularly in this section. near Cambria).S. Castoro in Paso Robles is an example (their Zinfandels can be outstanding}. Of course many of my readers will feel as if I left out their favorite wines in this book. New York.S. or Boston. and so are the wines of Harmony (also in Paso Robles County. They will cite their favorite California boutique wineries. It is true that these wineries produce some excellent wines. wines (especially those who are unsure of their choices). mark up California wines more than their European counterparts since they believe Americans feel more comfortable ordering U. 118 . because they sell only locally. In fact. but it would be useless to list them here. but if you cannot find them on the shelves in Chicago.

• Beaulieu Vineyard. 87. Good through 2011. 97. $15. HR. 85.USA Red Wines Cabernet Sauvignon: Best years are 1990 (early maturing). HR. Winemaker’s Reserve.Howell Mountain.Paso Robles. HR. • Beaulieu. • Amberhill. • Beaulieu Vineyard. Rutherford. 94. Winchester Reserve.Oakville/Rutherford (Napa) . 119 . Sonoma Valley. • Beringer-Knight’s Valley. These are not. . and Stags Leap (Napa). • Chateau Souveraine. • Fetzer Barrel Select. 97. 96. • Claudio Springs. better than 1996. Rutherford HRand 2 gold medals. • Chateau Souveraine. Santa Cruz Mountains. and 78. $15. $14. Mendocino. HR. $12. $11. California Cabernets can be inordinately expensive. 96. $15. Alexander Valley. $11. HR. Rutherford. 93 and 94. R. $13. Best places for Cabs are . 95. 93. 99. HR. R.

92. 97. Cliff Vineyard. • Pedroncelli. HR. 91. 94. $15. Sonoma County. HR. R. R. $14. HR. HR. 97. HR+. Alexander Valley. • Stonehedge. HR. Cabernet.Red Wines USA • Gallo North Coast Sonoma.. $15. 95. HR. HR. • Rodney Strong. • Mount Veeder. R. 97. Nevada County. 98. Cab Franc. 95. Cab Reserve. HR+. Good through 2006. 120 . $10. $15. • Gallo. • Geyser Peak. $11. 90. $14. Napa. • Gallo Sonoma. $10. R. $12. HR. • Ridge. $12. 97. Napa (92s also). Morris Faye Vineyards. 94. $15. Santa Cruz Mts. Sonoma. Sonoma Cask Cabernet. 90.! ! • Napa Ridge Private Reserve. HR. 99. HR. • St Francis. 96. • Tulocay. $10. • Gallo Stephani Ranch. Alexander Valley. Eldorado. $15. • Indian Springs. $7. Cabernet. Good through 2006+. 91. Good through 2004. • Perry Creek. $12. • Sebastiani. $14.

$9. $14. • Geyser Peak. • Wente. • Charles Shaw. $10. 92. 95. Livermore Valley. • Fetzer Vineyards. Barrel Select. Barrel Select. • Napa Ridge Private Reserve. Sonoma County. Sometimes they are not successful. 99. California Miscellaneous California is always experimenting with grape. $12. • Beringer Vineyards. California Coastal. HR. $13. $10. $9. Clear Lake CA. R. 95. $15. Founders Estate. trying something old.USA Red Wines Merlot Best places for Merlot are Napa County and Carneros. R. Eagle Peak. $9. They can be consistently good with homemade spaghetti sauces. Many of my favorites are the rough California reds. HR. Crane Ridge Reserve. • Blackstone. HR. 99. HR. sometimes they are. • Havens. 97. something new. R. HR. $15. HR. 121 . • Fox Hollow. • Shooting Star. HR.

or Shiraz Petit Syrah is a different grape from Syrah. HR. Shenandoah Valley. sometimes HR. Big House Red. • Bonny Doon. R. Claret. Marsanne.. $8. 98. • Preston. Sangiovese. • Monterey Peninsulaway. Cotes d’Oakley Vin Rouge.. Both are similar to a robust French Rhone. 97. $10. R. R. Rosso. CA. R. Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon. • Ravenswood Winery. Cab Franc. 99. 99. Dry Creek Valley. $14. R.Red Wines USA • Babcock Vineyards. or Sirah. Lodi. R. $10. Ca’ del Solo. Founders’ Boulevard. $13. Syrah in Australia is called Shiraz. Cab Franc. NV. Santa Barbara. • Noceto. CA. Mendocino Co. or Syrah. HR. 99. 99. R. 97. 122 . • Marietta. $10. Sonoma Co. 96. • Francis Coppola Presents. $12. • Cline. California Petit Syrah. Troc. HR. • Forest Glen Barrel Select. $15. Lake Co. 98. Cab Franc. • Shooting Star. Old Vine Red. • Jewel Duetto. $10. $15. • Yorkville Cellars. HR. and the wine it produces is not as robust. 98.. R. $11. Black Burgundy. $13. $14. 97.

• L. • J. Mexico. Sonoma. Paso Robles. $10. Sonoma. • Bogle. $15. • Meridian Vineyards. 00. Mendocino. Ceto. 96. • Geyser Peak. all at a good price. $8. R. Petit Syrah. HR. California. 96. 97.A. $12. 98. Good everyday wine. Lohr. Paso Robles. Syrah. • Bogle. 123 . This winery generally produces pleasant wines of different kinds. 99. Steele Vines. 97. R. 94. 97. $10. California. Baja. HR.! ! • Foppiano. HR. Syrah. HR. South Ridge Syrah. Edna Valley. $14. HR. • Parducci. 99. Russian River Valley. Alameda. $15. 98. $14. 95. HR. • Ojai. Petit Syrah. • McDowell Valley Vineyards. Santa Barbara. • Anapamu. 95 $11. 95. • Edmund St. R. $14. • Pepperwood Grove Syrah. • Lincourt. $15. $15. Founders Estate. Syrah. 97. • Foppiano. 98. $15. John. 99. $12. HR. HR. Petite Syrah.USA Red Wines • Alban Vineyards. $15. HR. $7. Central Coast. Paso Robles. HR. • Cline Cellars. Mendocino. • Beringer Vineyards. HR+. $10. 99. HR. CA. $15. R. R. Reva. R.

les Cotes de l’Ouest. or other dishes where a Zinfandel or a Cabernet Sauvignon would be too strong. Edna Valley (San Luis Obispo). • Seven Peaks. • Shooting Star. Chalone (Monterey). 97. $12.! ! Pinot Noir Northern California Pinot Noirs can be superb. Russian River Valley. 00. Paso Robles. R. Napa. $8. 96. These are wines that are good with veal and pork. $15. • Beringer. Russian River. • Stonehedge. HR. Santa Barabara County. Founder’s Estate. HR. 97. R. HR. Syrah. Lake County Syrah.! ! • Qupe. Paso Robles. Zaca Vineyards. • Beaulieu. 96. El Dorado Syrah. 95. $14. 93. $15. HR. • Seven Peaks Shiraz. Carneros. 97. $15. Best places are usually Anderson Valley (Mendocino). California. HR. $13. 99. HR+. HR+. Santa Maria Valley. Bien Nacido Vineyard. 124 . California. HR. HR. • Philip Staley. • Zaca Mesa. 96.Red Wines USA • Perry Creek. $15. • Terre Rouge. Beverage Dynamics. $15. $12.

98. • Schug. $15. $9. $15. Central Coast. HR. 125 . Note: I do not list any white Zinfandels. I have found great Zinfandels in boutique wineries in various places. $10. certain special vineyards produce great Zinfandel wines. 97. Sonoma. R. some say they are derived from the Italian Primitivo grape. 97. 99. Zinfandels vary considerably. Just as with great Burgundies and Bordeaux. robust Zinfandel with a fine steak is one of the world’s delights. and out of ignorance often do not think much of them. • Villa Mt Eden. $12. $15. R. The prices of Zinfandels keep rising every year. in taste. The origins of Zinfandel grapes are obscure. Europeans usually do not know much about Zinfandels. and have inspired an enthusiastic following. • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards. R. Red Wines • Pepperwood Springs. 99. • Robert Mondavi. others argue that they are the true American varietal. Coastal. Coastal. particularly in Paso Robles and Sonoma County.USA 97. Anderson Valley. A good. Zinfandel The best red Zinfandels are great wines. HR.

HR. HR.. • Dry Creek Vineyard. Mendocino. Good through 2005. $14. • Cline Cellars. Napa Centennial Release. Contra Costa County. Heritage Clone. Heritage Clone. 99. Paso Robles. 98. • Aida Vineyard. • Bogle. Diamond Series.! • Amador Foothill Winery. 97. Murrill Vineyard. $11.Red Wines USA In general. 97. 97. Some claim the 94 are the best Zinfandels ever -. HR. $14. HR. $13. • Fetzer. Mendocino. • Continente. R. Sonoma. 96. but at this age are getting a little spotty (if you can even get them). 97. HR. HR. • Beaulieu Vineyard. 96. Old Vines Cuvee. Sonoma. Like a ! Rhone. Napa. Sierra Foothills. $15. $9. 99. For pasta and red sauce. Old Vine Zinfandel. 97. 97. R. HR. $15. • Fife. Barrell Select. the 90 Zins are good. Best Zinfandel areas are usually Mendocino Ridge. 98. R. $10. HR. $14. $15. • Dry Creek Vineyard. • Bogle.consequently they are difficult to find. Amador Co. California. HR. $12. Good through 2006. 126 . Ukiah/Redwood Valleys (Mendocino). Sonoma County. $12. • Francis Coppola.

Continente. Amador. R. Sierra Foothills. $12.USA Red Wines • Gallo Somana. HR. $15. HR. $14. Old Vine Zinfandel. 98. • Millaire. $11. 127 . Dry Creek. • Peachy Canyon. • Latcham Vineyards. • Marietta. 96. Good through 2008. 99. 95. HR. HR. 95. Shenandoah Valley of CA. HR. Jim Edelman’s Label. $13. $14.75. Amador Co. Sonoma. Westside. 97. Paso Robles. R. 98. 95. • Seghesio Family Vineyards. 00. • Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel. 97. Dry Creek. • Makor. HR. NV. • Rosenblum. R. Vintner’s Choice. HR. Sierra Foothills. • Sausal. El Dorado. • Shenandoah Vineyards. 99. $15. 97. $12. • Peirano. $12. Lodi. $14. • Montevina. • Jessie’s Grove Winery. HR. $14. HR. Chirardeli Vineyard. • Paso Robles Sauret. 96. $14. HR. HR. Alexander Valley. • Sobon Estate. HR. Amador. • Rancho Zabaco. Barrelli Creek Vineyard. • Gallo Sonoma. $11. Rocky Top Zin. $15. $14. Alexander Valley. $14. Frei’s Ranch Vineyard. HR. 98. 95. 97. $12. HR. Lodi..

Oregon When most people think of Oregon reds they think Pinot Noir. Monterosso.. $15. Mead Ranch. USA -. 97. HR. Other good years are years include 90. $15. Dry Creek Valley.! ! • Sobon.Argyle . HR. • Unti. Sonoma Valley. Oregon wineries to note include . HR. And for good reason With the exception of 95 and 96. • Valley of the Moon. • Villa Mt Eden. 94. 99. HRHR97. HR. 99. $15. $15. Vintner’s Selection. • Westside. 97. 97.Bethel Heights . HR. Cougar Hill.Eola Wine Cellars 128 . • Sobon Estate.Duck Pond . The 98 Pinot Noirs are said to be the best in years. HR. Shenandoah Valley. Oregon Pinot Noirs are between good and excellent. • Villa Mt Eden. $10.Red Wines USA HR. 97. Amador Co. $15. $15. $15. and 97. 97.

HHRR. • Firesteed Cellars. R. 99. $11. $12. La Cave Rouge. serve chilled. HR. Pinot Noir. R. 00. they also produce other wines of note. and for good reason. • Foris. 96. $15.Sokol Blossom.Rex Hill . Rogue River. • Broadly Vineyards. 94.Washington State Washington is well know for its Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. Good through 2004.Oak Knoll . Red Wines • Bridgeview. • Argyle. However. R. but they are also drier and need more aging (Washington Cabs are generally better than Washington Merlots. 129 . The jury is still out on Washington Syrahs. Pinot Noir.USA . HR. • Siskiyou.Honeywood . Blue Moon Pinot Noir. $15. 97. USA -. 98. $15. although the Merlots are nice). Washington Cabernets are often more food oriented than California Cabernets. Fruity. $13.

R. • Hogue. • Columbia Crest Estate. 96. HR. Merlot. R. 98. 97. $14. Estate Vineyards. • Canoe Ridge Merlot. Snoqualmie Winery. Syrah. 96. $15. 98. Andrew Will (grapes from all over). Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Columbia Winery.Red Wines USA Good Cabernets come from Chateau Ste. Grand Estates Cabernet. Yakima Valley. $14. $15. Good through 2007. Idaho. • Ste. HR. HR. Michelle (grapes from Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek. vineyards in the Columbia Valley). 97. $15. 99. Syrah. HR. HR. Merlot. 95. • Columbia Crest Estate. R. • Colombia Crest Merlot. • Chateau Ste Michelle. • Columbia Winery. 95. Hogue Cellars (cabernet/merlot blend at $12). Reserve Syrah. $15. R. from Red Willow in Yakima Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon. $11. $8. Chapelle. $12. Good through 2007. • Columbia Crest. $8. Canoe Ridge. and Columbia Crest (Columbia Winery). Columbia Valley Barrel Select. 130 . HR. 98. • Columbia Crest. Columbia Valley.

• Stonehill Winery. Cabernet. HR. $15. 98. 97. Amberhill. $15. 131 .USA Red Wines USA -. Merlot. R.New York State: • Fox Run. USA Other States: • Llano Estacado.$10. 97. Steinberg. Reserve Pinot Noir. • Shalestone. International god medal. 97. • Raymond Vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir. $9. Texas. • Lamoreaux County. $9. Missouri. R. Signature Red Meritage. R. international gold medal. Missouri. $12. 99.

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Fruit Wines. French: • Raynal 5 year old French Brandy.S. Ports.Germain-Robin . 133 . & SPIRITS Brandy U. Good places are . FRUIT WINES.Brandy Fortified Wines. These are not inexpensive. American brandies are excellent when from best places.Jepsen.RMS Distillery .A. PORTS. however.St George Spirits . $15. & Spirits FORTIFIED WINES. HR.Clear Creek .

Hudson Valley. Cidre Bouche. $15. $13. HR+. • Henri Belot. $11. • Eric Bordelet. France. New York. • Ackermann Apricot wine. New Hampshire. • Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider. France. Chaorca. Staatsburg. Most are inexpensive. $9. Newberg. • Duch de Longueville. Apple cider is most significant. Sonoma County. Oregon. Brut de Normandie. Colrain. $7. New York. Iowa. Normandy. • West County Winery. France. Massachusetts. upscale accompaniments to different kinds of food. $11. several varieties. Cidre Bouche. California. Antoinette and Muscadet de Dieppe. France. dessert wine. The alcohol content is lower than wines made from grapes. Ports & Spirits Fruit Wines Fruit Wines Recommended as excellent. 134 . and other varieties. $13. Brut. • Farnum Hill Ciders. $10. NV. • Rhyne Cider.Fortified & Fruit Wines. • Etienne Dupont. and the kinds and flavors vary considerably. $12. • White Oak Cider. Draft Cider Company. Sydre Argelette and Poire Granite. $11.

• Museum Muscat. and often inexpensive. 97. R. Great values. NV. NV. Good through 2010. HR. Victoria. NV. HR. Ports. 95. NV. HR+. HR. HR+. Langhorne Creek. and consistently good. HR. LBV (Late Bottled Vintage). $12. • Three Bridges. • Benjamin. Tawny Port. $13. $12.! • Bleasdale. $12.! ! • Hardy’s Semillon Griffith Botrytis. $13. $12. HR+. $12. HR. Buller and Sons. Tokay. An excellent Port at a reasonable price. Port. Pioneer Port (Tawny). HR. $10. • Osborne. • Old Sweet White. NV. L. $15. NV. $13. Tokay Museum. Victoria. NV. HR. A surprise and a treat. Buller and Sons. NV. HR+. 97. L. • Hardy’s Whiskers Blake. 97. HR. 1997 Semillon Revena Golden Mist 135 . • Campbell’s Tokay. $15. • R. $14. • R. NV. & Spirits Australia Ports and Dessert Wines Australian wines in this category are excellent to outstanding. Muscat. Tawny Port. • Benjamin Muscat Museum. • Campbell’s Muscat. $14.Ports/Dessert Fortified & Fruit Wines. • Benjamin.

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise. • Veritas. $14. NV. Considered a great wine. Muscat Rosewood Vineyards. $15. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. $15. $12. HR+. HR+. HR. Port NV. NV. • Yalumba. • Domaine Cazes. R. Will last 20 years. France • Beaumalric. $15. • Domaine de Coyeux. R. 98. Good through 2004 but better earlier. $15. • Chateau Pince-Guerre. 136 . Rhone. Tokay Rosewood Vineyards. HR+. Ports/Dessert • William Chambers. 97. HR. Will last 20 years. Rivesaltes Ambie. Considered a great wine. Old Sweet White. 93. $15. HR. Muscat de Rivesalte. NV. Good through 2008. Ports & Spirits Botrytis. $15. $14/375ml. 10 year tawny. • William Chambers. HR. Monbazille. 90. $10. HR+. • Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaunes de Venise. Rutherglen. 98.Fortified & Fruit Wines. HR. • Domaine du Mas Cremat. R. Good through 2012. Museum Muscat.! • Yalumba. NV. $12. 94.

$10. and note the 1994 Osborne. • Paul Jaboulet. R. Muscat de Rivesalte. • Mas Amiel. 1990 (drink it only if you must). • Pelligrino Moscato di Pantelleria. 137 . $15. Italy • Bartenura Moscato d’Asti. $15. but Port labelled LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) is much less expensive can be very good. 98. 1983 (ready to drink). Moscato. Aine. below. White. 99. 1992 (not ready to drink). Muscat de Rivesalte. Vintage Ports are too expensive to be listed here. Portugal Best Port years are 1971 (ready to drink). 98. 1985 (ready to drink). R. Oporto.Ports/Dessert Fortified & Fruit Wines. 00. 99. and can be drunk immediately. Ports & Spirits • Domaine Forca Real. Rivesalte Ambre. HR. • Maresca Scrapna. • Maculan. $15. As an aperitif or dessert. $14. Muscat de Baumes de Venise. HR. $15. $15. Veneto. R. The 1991 Quinto Noval. • Mas Christine. Dindarello. is an example. White. $10. 96. R. R. R. Moscato d’Asti.

Supery. • Quinta do Noval. • Robert Pecata. $12. 97. Riesling Late Harvest. • Beaulieu Vineyards. California. 98. New York. $12. R. 94. NV. $15. Ports & Spirits Ports/Dessert • Osborne. 98. • Robert Pecota. 99. $12. HR. HR. HR. Moscato. R. Late Harvest Optima. $12. HR. HR. • St. $13.A. NV. $10. • Hawthorne Mountain. Muscat de Beaulieu. $8 . California Moscato. Late Harvest Moscato. Paso Robles. R. 94. Moscato D’Andrea Napa. • Bedell. U. HR. HR. $15. 98.Fortified & Fruit Wines. • Robert Mondavi Moscoto D’Oro. • Eos. $15. 138 . Tears of Dew. 94.S. • Arrowhead. Vintage Character LB. Late Bottle Vintage (LBV). 00. $15. HR. Okanagan Valley. Raspberry Wine.

$13. HR. • Emilio Lustau. El Puerto de Santa Maria Fino Solera Reserva Puerto Fino. etc. HR. 139 . San Lucasde Barrameda Manzanilla Reserva Papirusa. • Emilio Lustau. • Sandeman. NV. HR+. HR. HR. • Lustau. HR+. HR. • Alvear Abuelo Diego/Pedro Ximenez 27. Amontillado Jerez los Arcos Solera Reserva. HR. • Bodegas Osborne. all Non-Vintage • Alvear Abuelo Diego. HR. • Lustau. HR. San Lucas de Barrameda Manzanilla Reserva. $14. $13. HR. NV. $13. HR. $15. HR+. Rare Cream. $14. • Lustau. $12. $14. • Bodegas Osborne. Amontillado Escuadrille. $14. Fino Jarana. Ports & Spirits Spanish Sherry. • Lustau. • Lustau. El Puerto de Santa Maria Fino Solera Reserva Puerta Fino. $12. • Lustau. $9. Jerez Don Fino Superior. $15.. Cream Jerez.Ports/Dessert Fortified & Fruit Wines. $11. NV. Sherry. Papirusa.

$12. • Lillet Rouge (red). dry Vermouth. HR. Vermouth and Aperitifs • Bossiere. aperitif wine. HR. Goes nicely with champagne. $12. Other • Tualatin. James Bond Vesper Martinis (gin+vodka+Lillet). HR. • Noilly Prat. dry Vermouth. $6. A sweet aperitif that needs cutting. • Lillet Blanc (white). Over ice and a twist of orange. HR. aperitif wine. $6. • Rin Quin Quin a la Aperitif. 94. $12. HR+. or over ice with a twist of lemon. Ports & Spirits Vermouth U. HR. • Martini and Rossi. dry Vermouth. HR+. $7. Gewurztraminer Willamette Valley Late Harvest.Fortified & Fruit Wines.A. 140 .S. Not for Manhattans. $14. Good through 2005.

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among other things. PhD. James Jensen. with his wife. Professor Jensen lives in Rhodes Island.com/outstandingwines 143 . To purchase a softcover copy of this book. is an international expert on wine. and pairing them with food. MA. Outstanding Wines Under $15 is Dr. His travels have taken him from France to China to the Holy Land. Jensen’s eighth book. With publications on topics as diverse as Handel and Stonehenge. His next project will probably be a memoir of his experiences as a Navy pilot and jazz trumpeter.yahoo. all the while sampling each region’s famous and common local wines. Professor Jensen has spent his recent years concentrating on the study of wine. please got to http://store.ABOUT THE AUTHOR Professor H.

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