A MINI WINE COURSE
Compare the pairs. In the "finish" category, which do you think has the longer?
Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Riesling 1997 (America), $9. A super-crisp Riesling, so light-bodied it's almost sheer.
St. Francis "Old Vine" Zinfandel 1997 (Sonoma County), $24. Big, exuberant, jamlike fruit gives this wine a round, full body.
Covey Run Fumé Blanc 1997 (Washington), $7. Zingy, snappy, and tart, this wine has a thirst-quenching texture.
Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 (Napa Valley), $22. As soft as a blanket, this Cabernet is also packed with juicy red fruits.
Domaine Grand Archer Chardonnay 1997 (Sonoma County), $15. Beautiful balance, with creamy apple-tart flavors and a (you decide) finish.
Grgich Hills Chardonnay 1996 (Napa Valley), $30. The wine equivalent of French vanilla ice cream, with a (you decide) finish.
SUNSET'S STEAL OF THE MONTH: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 1998 (Napa Valley), $11. Wonderful rose and apricot aromas; crisp, yet juicy mouth-feel. Great with spicy food.