1974-06 June Classic Newsletter

June 1974 Selection of California Wine


This months California wine will be an example of how well our oenologists are doing in producing good wines at reasonable prices. Our wine evaluation panel recently jud¬ged the Montcolm wines, and for the price, found the Petite Sirah a buy. We have presented previously two other petite sirahs in our wine of the month program. Here is one that is less expensive than the other two and received higher av¬erage grading, (15.5) This 1972 Petite Sirah has a rich, dark, beautiful color, full nose, an exceptionally smooth taste, with slight tannin finish which should smooth out with age. A buy at $2.25 per fifth

June 1974 Selection of Imported Wine



ESTATE BOTTLED - Qualitatswein

Schloss-Vollrads originates at Winkel in the Rhein¬gau where the Counts Greiffenclau have been producing this "Riesling" since the 14th century. The estate has some eighty acres and produces some of Germany's most noble wines. Schloss Vollrads has the flowery bouquet of the Riesling yet greater depth in flavor than the Mosel, with a pronoun¬ced sense of maturity and complexity about it. Notice its clean nose, with the freshness of the chalky soil coming through. The experienced will recognize the quality of our find, and the beginner should use this as a good introduction to the nature and area German wines proclaim their iden¬tity in the spectrum of the wine world. Serve chilled with ham, pork, white meat or fruit dishes. $4.98per fifth

● We have added the following Montcalm wines to our inven¬tory. The first of which is described overleaf:

Petite Sirah (Evaluation Panel 15.5) $2.25
Zinfandel $1.79
Barbera $2.25

● The 1972 grape harvest in Northern California produced a botritis in some areas. Known as the "Noble Rot" in Europe, this phenomenon is responsible for the capability of a vin¬tner to produce a wine similar to the Spatlese wines of Ger¬many. The problem remains that the vintner must have the experience and ability to special handle and ferment the grape and produce the wine. A handful of California vint¬ners attempted it in 1972. The quantities are small and supplies limited. We have two examples of these in stock at the present time. They are very good examples of Spatlese.

Wente Johannisberg Reisling 1972 Spatlese - $6.00/fifth
Beaulieu Johannisberg Reisling 1972 Spatlese 5.00/fifth

● A Palos Verdes Peninsula Chapter of the National Organ¬ization "Les Amis du Vins" is being organized in this area. The Torrance - DeLamo chapter will be merged with it. Among the activities of the organization are, wine tastings, special buys on wines imported by the organization, a news¬letter and magazine, and wine touring trips. Several active chapters exist in the greater Los Angeles area. We will be receiving more information and application forms in the near future, and will give you more details. In the meantime if any of our readers are interested, please leave us your name and we will see that you receive the information.


● A unique gift is our Wine Tasting basket. It includes three California wines, one cheese packet, one package of Swiss nibbling crackers, two apples, and a Wire tasting bro¬chure all beautifully wrapped in a quality basket that adds retentive value to the gift. All for $15.00. We always have some ready, made up for that last minute gift, and will deliver it for you if you wish.