DEREK’S TOP 6 LIST


DEREK’S TOP LISTS


  • SUB-TOPICS Of DEREK’S TOP LISTS
    • Top 6 List
    • What’s Your Favorite Thing About Wine?

OBJECTIVE DISCLAIMERI Go Out of My Way to Provide Neutral and Objective Information On “The Vine” & 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, I Hope They Are Helpful.


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.

MY FAVORITE WINE REGIONS

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, 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

  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, Quality, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Stags Leap AVA., California
  2. Dry Creek AVA., California
  3. Horse Heaven Hills AVA., Washington
  4. Chalone AVA., California
  5. Santa Rita Hills AVA., California
  6. Anderson Valley AVA., California
  7. Dundee Hills AVA., Oregon

TOP DOC.

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, 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, Quality, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. St. Emillon AOC., Bordeaux
  2. Medoc AOC., Bordeaux
  3. Gigondas AOC., Rhone Valley
  4. Alsace, Alsace
  5. Bandol AOC., Provence
  6. Chateauneuf du Pape AOC.. Rhone Valley

TOP DO.

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Wine Tourism, Personal Preference

  1. Duoro Valley DO.
  2. Calores DO.
  3. Ribero Douro DO.
  4. Minho DO.,
  5. Priorat DO., Calalunya
  6. Rioja DO., Rioja
  7. Canary Islands DO., Canary Islands

FAVORITE/ 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

FAVORITE BLACK GRAPES     

CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference

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

FAVORITE 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. Charmont
  5. Distillation
  6. Rose

TOP ESTATE/ TOURS CALIFORNIA

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

  1. MondaviRutherford AVA./ Napa
  2. BenzingerSonoma Mountain AVA./ Sonoma
  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

FAVORITE 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

FAVORITE EXPRESSIONS Of PINOT NOIRS

CRITERIA Based 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

FAVORITE 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

FAVORITE 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

FAVORITE 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, Number and Quality of Wine Drinking Experiences

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

TOP REGIONS TO FIND VALUE    

CRITERIA Cost, Quality, Market Availability

  1. Columbia Valley, Washington…For Any Sturctured Reds
  2. Tasmaina, Australing…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
  • Relaxing With Wine.
  • So Much to Learn, Wine is Infinite Information.
  • The Community of Wine.
  • The Crafting of Wine.
  • The Diversity of Wine.
  • The Exploration & Discovery of Wine.
  • The People.
  • Wine The Person I Become When I Drink Wine.
  • The Process of Making Wine.
  • 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.
  • You Never Know What You Get.
  • Your Never Done Learning About Wine.
  • Wine Brings People 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 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 First Dates Better.
  • Wine Makes Me Bright, Witty and More Attractive.
  • Wine Makes Moments Stay With 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 Like I’m Celebrating.
  • Wine Makes Me Slow Down.
  • 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 Makes Dinner Better.
  • Wine Makes Me Feel Fancy.
  • Wine Makes You Happier.
  • Wine Makes You Get Out and Be Social.


**Refer to “BIBLIOGRAPHY/ SOURCES” For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced

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