Wine Education

Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1989. White Oak

White Oak winery is no new­comer to the Wine of the Month Club. In fact, White Oak is the first winery to have been selected for both the Limited Series and the Regular Series with two wines from the same grape. Our ship­ment #2 in 1990 featured the Myers Limited Reserve Chardonnay that promptly sold… read more »

The Matter of the French Paradox

Is wine really good for you? A few months ago, 60 Minutes ran an exciting T.V. segment on medi­cal researchers in this area. 60M’s narrator, Morley Safer, pointed out that although people in France con­sume 30 percent more fat than we do, and exercise less, and even smoke more, a middle-aged Amer­ican man has a… read more »

Import Selection: Chateau Larroque, 1989. Bordeaux

Unlike many Bordeaux winer­ies, Chateau Larroque is built around a bona fide chateau. A beautiful country mansion (pic­tured on the label), the property was built in the 1600’s and has been in the same family for 150 years; M.C. Ducourt proprietor. Bordeaux, the wine region is named after Bordeaux, the city. It is on the… read more »

Domestic Selection: Charbono, 1979. Inglenook-Napa Valley

Note: Please do not confuse the wine maker Inglenook-Napa Valley with the jug wine maker Inglenook-Navale. Founded in 1879, the Ingle­nook-Napa Valley winery was the hobby of the great seaman Gustave Niebaum. Not only a diligent student, re­ceiving his ships papers by attend­ing merchant marine school in Fin­land, he was a brilliant businessman. At age… read more »

Import Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1988. Los Vascos

The Vina Los Vascos winery lies sheltered in its own private vit­icultural paradise, the 4900 acre Caneten Valley, about 90 miles south of Santiago, in Chile’s cli­matically-endowed Colchagua re­gion. Don Pedro Gregorio Eche­nique, a knight of the Order of Santiago, built the winery in 1750. It has stayed in his family ever since. The soil,… read more »

Domestic Selection: Muscat Canelli, 1990. Santino Winery

Matt and Nancy Santino, along with Nancy’s father, Joseph Schweitzer, founded Santino Wines in 1979. Mr. Schweitzer remained as owner when the younger couple left the operation some time ago. The winery is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley in Amador County, adjacent to the oldest known producing Zinfandel vineyard in California. This… read more »

Member Inquiry: Investing in Wine

“Paul, I read now and then about wines that sell at auctions for wild prices, like $25 ,000 . a) What kind of wines are worth that much? b) Can I start a collection for investment purpos­es using WOMC wines, and sell them later for a big return?” A.R., El Cajon Thanks for asking about… read more »

Import Selection: Chardonnay, 1989. Marcus James

Brazilian wine? Just consider this: Vinecola Aurora Ltd. is, sur­prisingly, the largest grape grow­ers’ cooperative in the world. The Marcus James brand, from Vale (“Valley”) Aurora, vanguards their U.S.A. marketing campaign. A wine co-operative is an asso­ciation of grape growers who pool their crops to make wine under one roof, rather than independently. Such operations… read more »

Domestic Selection: Pinot Noir, 1988. Austin Cellars

Anthony Austin’s roots go back to the very early days of Cali­fornia wine… literally. His ances­tors were granted a homestead in 1881 in Sonoma County, and are said to have planted the first Ca­bernet Sauvignon vines in the Rus­sian River Valley. After attending U.C. Davis’ viticultural school, Austin became a protege of the country’s most… read more »

Member Inquiry: Personal Requests

This letter came in recently. “A friend asked my husband and my­self to a wine tasting at their home. We went to find a salesman from a German wine company showing his wines. They were medium to good but very expensive! We find the Wine of the Month Club has better value. It was not… read more »