Wine Education

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1985. Jekel

This month’s domestic selec­tion has to be the bargain of the century! This is Limited Series wine that we can all enjoy. The Jekel Vineyard was origi­nally planted in 1972, the year WOMC was founded, so it is, like us, no new-comer to the industry. Back then winemaker Bill Jekel, with his twin brother, Gus,… read more »

Member Inquiry: Saving the Rest of the Bottle

“We just recently joined the Wine of the Month Club. The selections have been very enjoyable so far, and we are sure they will continue to be. A minor problem. Both my wife and I are unable to finish a bottle of wine in one evening. It is just a bit much for us. Is… read more »

Import Selection: Rioja, 1986. Bodegas Montecillo

In 1874 the Navajas family founded the Bodegas Montecillo winery in the Alavesa district near the Rio Oja (“Oja River”), name­sake of what has become Spain’s most acclaimed wine producing re­gion. Montecillo was one of the pi­oneering wineries which adapted French (Bordeaux) wine-making techniques to Spanish grapes last century and in so doing created a… read more »

Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1989. Cask One

American Wine Merchants’ Cask One Sauvignon Blanc is yet another one of those “negociant” wines which we happily wind up with every now and then. The closest way to describe a negociant wine accurately is to call it a “brand”, as it is not a winery. Some of the most famous wine-makers in France are… read more »

This Matter of Climate

A general knowledge of grape growing is valuable to those who would like to understand wine. Considering the great number of grape varieties and the many types of wine, it is fortunate for the stu­dent of wines that it is not possible to grow every variety of grapes and produce every type of wine ef­ficiently… read more »

Import Selection: Semillon/Chardonnay, 1990. Penfolds

Penfolds was established in South Australia by Dr. Christopher Penfold in 1844. He had emigrat­ed from England bringing with him his wife Mary and some wax-sealed vine cuttings. Four miles from Adelaide in Magill they built a white-washed stone cottage, naming it The Grange after Mary’s home in England. The doctor used his wines, grown… read more »

Domestic Selection: Zinfandel, 1990. Winterbrook

Although established in 1983, the Winterbrook Winery’s success with Zinfandel can be traced back to 1890 when the more than 100 wineries dotting the Amador County landscape specialized in Zinfandel production. The winery is located in the fer­tile Jackson Valley of the Sierra Nevada Foothills approximately fifty miles southeast of Sacramen­to. A three man partnership… read more »

This Matter of Phylloxera

Of the many natural enemies of the vine, one is the most destruc­tive. It is a parasitical insect, the root-burrowing plant louse, phyl­loxera vasatrix. Many varieties of grape vines are fatally susceptible to its attack. Although phylloxera apparent­ly has always lived in the eastern United States, native American vines like Concord, Catawba, and Delaware have… read more »

Import Selection: Merlot, 1987. Robert Allison

Although the label reads, “Rob­ert Allison”, this wine is a product of the Vina Santa Carolina winery which was founded in 1875 in Chile’s most famous wine produc­ing district, the Maipo Valley. As one of the country’s “Big Four” wine companies it maintains 2,450 acres of premium vineyards under its control. The winery is serious… read more »

Domestic Selection: Chenin Blanc, 1989. Granite Springs

In 1979, Les and Lynne Rus­sell both left successful careers and their newly completed dream house in the Bay Area to move to the Sierra Foothills in order to be­gin fulfilling a new dream. They had decided to venture into the wine-grape growing business. The husband and wife team believed that the consistently sunny days,… read more »