Fruit

Import Selection: Late Harvest Semillon, 1987. Penfolds

About 150 years ago, Dr. Christopher Penfold left England with his wife Mary to settle in South Australia. They built a whitewashed stone cottage in Ma­gill, four miles from Adelaide, and named it after Mary’s home in England, “The Grange”. The doc­tor had brought with him some wax-sealed grape-vine cuttings. He planted these over the… read more »

Domestic Selection: Midnight Cuvee, 1988. Van Der Kamp

Martin Van der Kamp, a native of the North Coast wine country, was a home winemaker there for many years. In his youth he had done a stint as an employee at Napa’s famous Schramsberg Champagne Cellars. Bitten by the bug, he took several trips to some of the top Champagne houses in France. It… 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 »

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 »

Import Selection: Chateau de Gourgazaud, 1988.

It is always pleasure to find a worthy selection from a time-honored winery. This wine originates from a chateau which was, according to the importer’s notes, “restored to its present condition in 1832.” The ancient domaine of Chateau de Gourgazaud is noted, in fact, on maps dating from the seventeenth century. What is more important,… read more »

Domestic Selection: Late Harvest Riesling, 1989. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie Winery is one of Washington State’s on-rush of good new wineries. Founded in 1983, it released its first wines in mid-summer 1984. The winery is located 27 miles east of Seattle close to the town of Snoqualmie (the winery quips this translates as “Twin Peaks”). This facility cur­rently only serves for an ageing cellar,… read more »

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1987. Hawk Crest

Amongst the resplendent caber­net jewels in Napa’s crown, few sparkle so pre-eminently as those of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. I quote here, one who knows whereof he speaks, Warren Wini­arski, winemaker and co-owner of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: “Let us take a fresh start by making an as­sumption….that in every class of product there is… read more »

Import Selection: Zinfandel, 1987, San Martin

A mission Padre was the first to plant grapevines in Baja California; on the site of the first lower Cali­fornia mission circa 1697. But viti­culture was known to Mexico far earlier than that. In 1524 the Mexi­can conqueror Cortez decreed that all Spaniards holding land grants in Mexico had to plant annually, for five years,… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Party Fruit Compote

Growing up, one used to hear the “older folks” (which I am now one of) tell how travel expands the mind. I guess it does, but in my instance it also expands the girth. We recently took a quick 8-day break and thanks to airfare bargains and jet travel made it to Great Britain and back…. read more »