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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 »

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: 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 »

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 »

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 »

Domestic Selection: Pinot Blanc, 1988. Paraiso Springs

The Paraiso Springs label be­longs to Richard Smith. He does not own vineyards or a winery. In­stead he selects the best grapes he can find, orders them crushed ac­cording to his specifications, and then fermented under the direction of Ron Niino, an expatriate from San Martin. He also buys bulk wines that meet his blending… read more »

Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1988, Hacienda

The Hacienda Winery is a family business. In days of take­overs and large company buyouts, it is refreshing to find quality wines from a winery owned and operated by the family. In 1879 the Cooley family moved west from Ohio in search of their share of the Gold rush. And as luck would have it,… read more »

Import Selection: Vouvray, 1988, Georges Meurgey

Vouvray is situated on the north bank of the Loire river just 6 miles north of the town Tours (If you ever find yourself in Tours, be sure to lunch at the Hotel de Bor­deaux. The food is exquisite). Vouvray is considered the best ap­pellation in the Loire Valley. The 3,950 acres that constitute the… read more »