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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
This is the tale of a man who knew just enough to be dangerous.It was the early 1980s, and he had just been given his own wine column. One day he was shopping at a Baltimore wine store when in walked David Stare, the owner of Dry Creek Vineyards in California's Sonoma County.Mr. Stare was introduced to the new columnist and they fell to talking about wine. The vintner ended up having to listen to a harangue from the writer about what awful wines California sauvignon blancs were because they were so overwhelmingly herbal.
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By Michael Dresser | August 24, 2005
2004 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, Napa Valley ($24). This is a little pricey for sauvignon blanc (the same thing as fume blanc), but the intensity, freshness and penetrating power are exceptional. There is an almost electric herbal flavor, with hints of lime and pear, and it finishes with plenty of racy acidity. This is a wine to wake up a tired, jaded palate, preferably in the company of grilled seafood. -
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By Michael Dresser | August 24, 2005
2004 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, Napa Valley ($24). This is a little pricey for sauvignon blanc (the same thing as fume blanc), but the intensity, freshness and penetrating power are exceptional. There is an almost electric herbal flavor, with hints of lime and pear, and it finishes with plenty of racy acidity. This is a wine to wake up a tired, jaded palate, preferably in the company of grilled seafood. -
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By Mike Dresser | September 1, 1999
1998 Dry Creek Sonoma County Fume Blanc ($11.50).This crisp, clean, cutting, herbal sauvignon blanc (also known as fume blanc) is a return to the slashing, grassy style of Dry Creek's early days. It's not for everyone, but it's a delicious, bone-dry white wine with great Loire-style flavors and not a hint of oak. Serve this beauty with shellfish or other seafood.
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By Mike Dresser | September 1, 1999
1998 Dry Creek Sonoma County Fume Blanc ($11.50).This crisp, clean, cutting, herbal sauvignon blanc (also known as fume blanc) is a return to the slashing, grassy style of Dry Creek's early days. It's not for everyone, but it's a delicious, bone-dry white wine with great Loire-style flavors and not a hint of oak. Serve this beauty with shellfish or other seafood.
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By Michael Dresser | October 28, 1990
Special thanks go to all of the readers who used SunDial to tell us about their favorite budget wines. Sun tote bags will be sent to the following readers who were judged to have provided the 10 top wine suggestions. It was not an easy choice. Many provided excellent selections. Thanks to all.Fred Prediger, Baltimore (Coturri Zinfandel).Jim Lamb, Bel Air (Wyndham Estate Shiraz).Chris Lama, Herndon, Va. (Chateau Ste. Michelle Fume Blanc).Claire Gerber, Baltimore (Byrd Gewurztraminer).Linda Grier, Columbia (Konocti Fume Blanc)
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By Scott Joseph and Scott Joseph,Orlando Sentinel | June 28, 1992
For people who love crab, there's nothing quite like a crab cake, loaded with crab and hardly any cake.Orlando, Fla., wine store manager Chris Carroll will tell you there is no better wine to enjoy with the cakes than sauvignon blanc from Markham Vineyards in California's Napa County.The sauvignon blanc is a popular grape of Bordeaux and the Loire valley as well as California, Australia and New Zealand. It is known for producing dry, aggressive wines that as a rule do not age well. Most sauvignon blancs are meant to be enjoyed young.
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April 12, 1992
The following wines were the best out of some 75 white wines for under $10 tasted over the last several weeks. The wines were chosen on the basis of past performance, retailers' recommendations, critiques in other publications and, in some cases, general curiosity.Obviously this represents only a small fraction of the inexpensive white wines on the market. Any good retailer should be able to recommend several wines of equal merit.Top choices1990 Chateau du Cleray, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Sur Lie ($6.49, France)
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | June 3, 1998
Dollar for dollar, sauvignon blanc remains the best value in California wine.The prices of first-class California chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon blanc and merlot left Earth for the stratosphere many years ago.Zinfandel -- the honest-to-goodness red wine -- is no longer the value it was. It's getting tougher and tougher to find a truly excellent bottle for less than $15.But sauvignon blanc remains the workhorse white grape varietal of the Golden State....
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1995
It's late afternoon on the deck of your rental home overlooking the ocean. An August day's heat is beginning to break, and a caressing breeze wafts up from the water as you watch a school of dolphins leaping in the distance.A book you've been wanting to read for months rests in your lap. Your nose catches the faint whiff of the fire your favorite companion is setting in the barbecue grill. Content with the world, you pick up your glass and take a sip of wine -- 1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild at the peak of its maturity.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | June 3, 1998
Dollar for dollar, sauvignon blanc remains the best value in California wine.The prices of first-class California chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon blanc and merlot left Earth for the stratosphere many years ago.Zinfandel -- the honest-to-goodness red wine -- is no longer the value it was. It's getting tougher and tougher to find a truly excellent bottle for less than $15.But sauvignon blanc remains the workhorse white grape varietal of the Golden State....
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
This is the tale of a man who knew just enough to be dangerous.It was the early 1980s, and he had just been given his own wine column. One day he was shopping at a Baltimore wine store when in walked David Stare, the owner of Dry Creek Vineyards in California's Sonoma County.Mr. Stare was introduced to the new columnist and they fell to talking about wine. The vintner ended up having to listen to a harangue from the writer about what awful wines California sauvignon blancs were because they were so overwhelmingly herbal.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1995
It's late afternoon on the deck of your rental home overlooking the ocean. An August day's heat is beginning to break, and a caressing breeze wafts up from the water as you watch a school of dolphins leaping in the distance.A book you've been wanting to read for months rests in your lap. Your nose catches the faint whiff of the fire your favorite companion is setting in the barbecue grill. Content with the world, you pick up your glass and take a sip of wine -- 1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild at the peak of its maturity.
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By Scott Joseph and Scott Joseph,Orlando Sentinel | June 28, 1992
For people who love crab, there's nothing quite like a crab cake, loaded with crab and hardly any cake.Orlando, Fla., wine store manager Chris Carroll will tell you there is no better wine to enjoy with the cakes than sauvignon blanc from Markham Vineyards in California's Napa County.The sauvignon blanc is a popular grape of Bordeaux and the Loire valley as well as California, Australia and New Zealand. It is known for producing dry, aggressive wines that as a rule do not age well. Most sauvignon blancs are meant to be enjoyed young.
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April 12, 1992
The following wines were the best out of some 75 white wines for under $10 tasted over the last several weeks. The wines were chosen on the basis of past performance, retailers' recommendations, critiques in other publications and, in some cases, general curiosity.Obviously this represents only a small fraction of the inexpensive white wines on the market. Any good retailer should be able to recommend several wines of equal merit.Top choices1990 Chateau du Cleray, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Sur Lie ($6.49, France)
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By Michael Dresser | October 28, 1990
Special thanks go to all of the readers who used SunDial to tell us about their favorite budget wines. Sun tote bags will be sent to the following readers who were judged to have provided the 10 top wine suggestions. It was not an easy choice. Many provided excellent selections. Thanks to all.Fred Prediger, Baltimore (Coturri Zinfandel).Jim Lamb, Bel Air (Wyndham Estate Shiraz).Chris Lama, Herndon, Va. (Chateau Ste. Michelle Fume Blanc).Claire Gerber, Baltimore (Byrd Gewurztraminer).Linda Grier, Columbia (Konocti Fume Blanc)
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