DEREK’S TOP 6 LIST


DEREK’S TOP LISTS


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    • Top 6 List
    • What’s Your Favorite Thing About Wine?

OBJECTIVE DISCLAIMER~ I Go Out of My Way to Provide Neutral and Objective Information On the Wine World.  This is the Basis of Demystifying “The Vine” and What I Want it to Be Know For.  In Reality I’m Not Entirely Neutral On Every Subject.  Recently I Have Been Challenged to Give My Opinion In Order to Provide Leadership and Guidance to Others In Search of Information.  This is My/ Derek’s Top 6 Lists.


The TOP 6 LISTS

I Don’t Want to Tell People What to Like, I What to Inspire the Development of Their Knowledge So They Possess Confidence to Choose Wine For Themselves.

TOP WINE REGIONS

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Piemonte, Italy
  2. Napa Valley, California
  3. Alto Adige, Italy
  4. Bordeaux, France
  5. Columbia Valley, Washington
  6. Sonoma, California
  7. Northern Rhone, France

TOP TERRIORS

CRITERIA Magnitude, Topography Distinction, Personal Preference

  1. Alsace, France
  2. Columbia Valley, Washington
  3. Napa Valley, California
  4. Piemonte, Italy
  5. Cape Town, South Africa
  6. Sonoma, California
  7. Tokaj, Hungary

TOP AVA.  

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Stags Leap AVA., Napa, California
  2. Sonoma Valley AVA., SonomaCalifornia
  3. Horse Heaven Hills AVA., Washington
  4. Finger Lakes AVA., Upstate, New York
  5. Santa Rita Hills AVA., Central Coast, California
  6. Anderson Valley AVA., Mendocino, California
  7. Dundee Hills AVA., Willamette, Oregon

TOP DOC.

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Barolo DOCG., Piemonte
  2. Valtallina DOC., Lombardia
  3. Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany
  4. Lago Caldero DOC., Alto Adige
  5. Mt. Etna DOC., Sicily
  6. Collio DOC., Friuli

TOP AOC.  

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. St. Emillon AOC., Bordeaux
  2. Gevrey-Chambertin AOC., Burgundy
  3. Chateauneuf du Pape AOC.. Rhone Valley
  4. Chinon AOC., Loire Valley
  5. Alsace, Alsace
  6. Bandol AOC., Provence

TOP IBERIAN PENINSULA DO.

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Duoro Valley DO., Duriense, Portgual
  2. Ribero Douro DO., Castile & Leon, Spain
  3. Vinho Verde DO., Minho, Portugal
  4. Priorat DO., Calalunya, Spain
  5. Rioja DO., Rioja, Spain
  6. Canary Islands DO., Spainish Islands

TOP AUSTRALIA WINE REGION

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Barossa Valley GI., South Australia
  2. Margaret River GI., Western Australia
  3. Hunter Valley GI., New South Wales
  4. McLaren Vale GI., South Australia
  5. Tasmania, New South Wales
  6. Claire Valley GI., South Australia

TOP GREECE WINE REGION

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality of Wine, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Sanorini PGI., Cyclades Islands
  2. Patros PDO., Peloponnese
  3. Nemea PDO., Peloponnese
  4. Crete GI., Dodekanese Islands
  5. Slopes of Meliton PDO., Macedonia
  6. Amynteon PDO., Macedonia

TOP SOUTH AFRICA WINE REGION

CRITERIA History, Culture, Magnitude, Quality of Wine, Terroir, Diversity In Wine, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Stellenbosch-District
  2. Constantia-Ward
  3. Walker BayDistrict
  4. Paarl-District
  5. Swartland-District
  6. Wellington-District

TOP BEST VINEYARD/ CRU

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

  1. Cannubi, Barolo/ Piemonte
  2. Romanee Conti, Cote Nuits/ Burgundy
  3. Rabaja, Barbaresco/ Piemonte
  4. Monte Rosso, Sonoma Valley
  5. To Kalon, Rutherford/ Napa Valley

TOP BLACK GRAPES     

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Pinot Noir
  3. Lagrein
  4. Malbec
  5. Syrah
  6. Merlot

TOP WHITE GRAPES     

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

  1. Assyriko
  2. Gruner Veltliner
  3. Riesling
  4. Chardonnay
  5. Albarino
  6. Fiano
  7. Sauvignon Blanc

TOP WINE STYLES     

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

  1. Still
  2. Sparkling
  3. Rose
  4. Passito
  5. Fortified
  6. Botrytized
  7. Aged

MOST UNDER APPRECIATED WINE STYLES     

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

  1. Sherry
  2. Port
  3. Madera
  4. Botrytis
  5. Champagne
  6. Distillation

TOP ESTATE/ TOURS CALIFORNIA

CRITERIA Breath of Tour, Educated Employee/ Hospitality, Quality of Wine, Topography

  1. BenzingerSonoma Mountain AVA./ Sonoma
  2. MondaviRutherford AVA./ Napa
  3. ChaloneChalone AVA./ Central Coast
  4. Tablas Creek, Adelaide AVA./ Paso Robles
  5. Hess Collection, Mt. Veeder AVA./ Napa
  6. Melville, Santa Rita AVA./ Santa Barbara

TOP ESTATE/ TOURS- EUROPE

CRITERIA Breath of Tour, Educated Employee/ Hospitality, Quality of Wine, Topography

  1. Freixenet, Penenas/ Catalunya
  2. St.Emilon, France…Electric Bike and Wine Tour
  3. Cote d’Nuit, Burgundy/ France…Burgundy by Bike
  4. Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal…Port Wine Tour

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WINE     

CRITERIA Personal Preference, Influence, Tangibility

  1. Place
  2. People
  3. Intoxicant
  4. Culture
  5. History
  6. Social Lubricant
  7. Drinking Wine

MOST RESPECTED GRAPES/ WINES

CRITERIA Based On Quality, Respect From the Wine World, Quality

  1. Blend-Bordeaux
  2. Pinot Noir-Burgundy
  3. Champagne
  4. Piemonte-Nebbiolo
  5. Chardonnay-Burgundy
  6. Cabernet Sauvignon-Napa
  7. Sangiovese-Brunello

TOP EXPRESSIONS Of CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CRITERIA Typicity, Balance, Tannins, Personal Preference.

  1. Napa AVA.,  California
  2. Saint Julian AOC.,  Bordeaux
  3. Stellenbosch,  South Africa
  4. Walla Walla AVA.,  Washington
  5. Mendoza,  Argentina
  6. Red Hills AVA.,  Lake County, California
  7. Colchagua Valley,  Chile

TOP EXPRESSIONS Of PINOT NOIRS

CRITERIA Typicity, Quality and On General Overall Style of a Region, Personal Preference.

  1. Cote Nuit, Burgundy
  2. Willamette Valley AVA., Oregon
  3. Santa Rita Hills AVA., California
  4. Russian River AVA., California
  5. Central Otago, New Zealand 
  6. Alto Adige DOC., Italy
  7. Platz, Germany

TOP EXPRESSIONS Of SAUVIGNON BLANC

CRITERIA Based Quality and On General Overall Style of a Region, Personal Preference.

  1. Sancerre AOC., France
  2. Marlborough, New Zealand 
  3. High Valley AVA., California
  4. Casablanca, Chile
  5. Napa AVA., California
  6. Cape Town, South Africa

TOP EXPRESSIONS Of CHARDONNAY

CRITERIA Based Quality and On General Overall Style of a Region and Personal Preference.

  1. Cote Beaune, Burgundy
  2. Russian River AVA., California
  3. Willamette Valley AVA., Oregon
  4. Santa Rita Hills AVA., Santa Barbara
  5. Margaret River, Perth
  6. Santa Cruz Mountain AVA., California

TOP SWEET WINES

CRITERIA Based On History, Culture, Deliciousness, Personal Preference.

  1. Vin de Constance, South Africa
  2. Port, Portugal
  3. Sherry, Andalusia
  4. Sauternes, Bordeaux
  5. Tokaj, Hungary
  6. Moscato d’Asti, Piemonte

TOP WINE CITIES IN AMERICA

CRITERIA History, Number and Quality of Wine Drinking Experiences.

  1. New York, New York
  2. San Francisco,  California
  3. Washington DC.
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Boulder, Colorado

TOP WINE CITIES IN EUROPE

CRITERIA History, Wine Culture, Number of Wine Bars, Quality of Wine Drinking Experiences.

  1. Bordeaux, France
  2. Porto, Portugal
  3. London, England
  4. Paris, France
  5. Verona, Italy
  6. Barcelona, Spain

TOP REGIONS TO FIND VALUE    

CRITERIA Cost, Quality, Market Availability.

  1. Columbia Valley, Washington…For Any Sturctured Reds
  2. Tasmaina, Australia…For Sparkling Wine
  3. Aragon, Spain…For $10 Garnachas
  4. Monterey, California…For Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  5. Lake County, California…For Quality Cabernet Sauvignon
  6. Penedes, Spain…For Sparking Wine

While I Promote Wine Regional and Country I Do Very Little Wine Recommendations and Price Listing, Both of Which Can Easily Be Obtained On the Internet.



WHAT Is YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WINE?

The Following is a List of Answers I Have Accumulated When Asking the Question…

  • Ability to Change Flavors and Aromas Over Times In a Bottle.
  • All the Different Aromas, Flavors, and Textures.
  • Drinking Wine.
  • Each Wine is Different.
  • Enjoying Wine With Friends.
  • Everyone Has Their Own Palate and Experience.
  • I Always Like What I’m Doing When I’m Drinking Wine.
  • I Like That My Passion For Wine Connects Me With People Both New and Old.
  • I Like What I Like, I Don’t Like What I Don’t.
  • In Every Glass of Wine There is a Story.
  • Learning About Wine.
  • Learning New Things About Wine.
  • Pairing Food With Wine.
  • Relaxing With Wine.
  • So Much to Learn, Wine is Infinite Information.
  • The Anticipation of Drinking Wine.
  • The Community of Wine.
  • The Crafting of Wine.
  • The Diversity of Wine.
  • The Exploration & Discovery of Wine.
  • The People.
  • The Person I Become When I Drink Wine.
  • The Process of Making Wine.
  • The Stories Behind the Wine…People, Families, Places.
  • The Viticultural Aspect of Wine.
  • The Way I Fell After Drinking a Glass.
  • The Way Wine Feels In My Mouth.
  • The Way Wine Makes You Feel.
  • The Way Wine Smells
  • The Way Wine Tastes.
  • The Way Wine Unwinds You.
  • There’s Alcohol In Wine.
  • You Never Know What You Get.
  • Your Never Done Learning About Wine.
  • Wine Brings People Together.
  • Wine Brings the World Together.
  • Wine Comes From a Specific Place You Can Visit.
  • Wine Changes Food & Food Changes Wine.
  • Wines Endless Variety and Where They Come From.
  • Wine Gets You Drunk.
  • Wine Has A lot of Different Aspects to Enjoy.
  • Wine is a Collaboration Between Nature and Art.
  • Wine is a Inter-Communicative Enhancer Tool.
  • Wine is Alive.
  • Wine is an addiction.
  • Wine is an Antidote For Nervousness.
  • Wine is Always an Inherent Part of My Favorite Life Experiences.
  • Wine is Cool.
  • Wine is Fascinating.
  • Wine is Great to Drink On Good Days, Wine is Also Good On Bad Days.
  • Wine is Personal.
  • Wine is Subjective and Can Be Interoperated Differently…Jessica
  • Wine is the Blending of History & Culture.
  • Wine is the Most Interesting Beverage I Have Every Tasted.
  • Wine Makes Dinner Better.
  • Wine Makes First Dates Better.
  • Wine Makes Me Bright, Witty and More Attractive.
  • Wine Makes Moments, and Helps You to Transport Your Memory Back to Then.
  • Wine Makes My Wits More Nimble. Winston Churchill
  • Wine Makes You Present and Mindful.
  • Wine Makes Me Feel Fancy.
  • Wine Makes Me Feel Like I’m Celebrating.
  • Wine Makes Me Feel Good If I Don’t Drink Too Much.
  • Wine Makes Me Slow Down.
  • Wine Makes You Get Out and Be Social.
  • Wine Makes You Happier.
  • Wine Offers So Much Detail.
  • Wines Relaxing Qualities.
  • Wine is a Form of Art.
  • Wine is Never the Same.
  • Wine is Taken Care of by Someone.
  • Wine Taste Good.


**Refer to BIBLIOGRAPHY/ Sources For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced.

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