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Wine & Spirits Top 100: John’s Picks


It’s a good week to be in San Francisco:  weather is spectacular, Giants are in the NLCS, and Wine & Spirits is throwing one of the biggest wine parties in the country right here on Wednesday night:  Wine & Spirit Magazine’s Top 100 Tasting

Y’all have seen D. Mims’ picks for wineries to look out for at the W&S Event. Here are a few of the tables I plan on hitting up.  Oh – and according to J. Bonné of the SF Chronicle, hit up the oysters and bubbly section, and then find yourself some Riesling to go with 4505 Meats’ Chicharrones (must. stop. drooling.).

John’s Picks

Drew Wines (California) – One of W&S wineries of the year for 2009, and one of SF Chornicle’s winemakers of the year, Drew is pumping out some fantastic, small production cool climate pinots and syrahs.  Jason and his wife Molly have laid down roots in Anderson Valley, and are one of those “wineries to watch” in upcoming years.  You can read about my visit to their tasting room here.

Gramercy Cellars (Washington) – Selected as Food & Wine Magazine’s  “Best New Winery,” Gramercy is one of the many fantastic Washington wineries that are drawing attention to the Pacific Northwest’s flourishing wine industry.  But it doesn’t look like they’re letting this go to their head — just check out this little video.  Although they’ve made their bread and butter so far on syrah and cab, they’re not scared to roll the dice:  they’ve released three vintages of Tempranillo.

Wind Gap (California) – I’m sticking on the syrah kick for the domestics, and hitting up Pax Mahrle’s new outfit, Wind Gap.  I’ve had some of their stuff before at a tasting at Namu, and I hear that Trac Le over at Bi-Rite has been pimpin’ these wines out too.  Stop by the table and figure out what all the fuss is about.

Royal Tokaji (Hungary) – There’s no way I’d miss a glass of Royal Tokaji to top off a BNO (big night out).  This is exquisite dessert wine, the kind that helps make a meal memorable.  Bottoms up!


2 thoughts on “Wine & Spirits Top 100: John’s Picks

  1. Goodness…I hope me “pimping” Wind Gap doesn’t make Pax Mahle my bitch! =)

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