Jamal Rayyis


The world of wine is huge and gets bigger every year. Restaurants and wine shops compete to outdo one another by offering the biggest, most diverse selections possible. Without guidance even experienced wine lover can have trouble. Our guide is a map to navigate the sea of wine, giving helpful information as well as recommending specific bottles. From the thousands of bottles tasted, we chose bottles based on these criteria: quality, value and availability.









Key to Symbols


Quality   ****   Outstanding     Worth a search

                  ***    Excellent         Top-notch example

                    **    Very good       Distinctive

                      *     Good              Delicious everyday wine




California Chardonnay


Recommended Wines


1994 Kalin Cellars Cuvee LV, Sonoma County ****

dry, medium-bodied, medium oak, medium acidity        drink now-6 years


A rare older vintage, this is worth tracking down for its butterscotch-scented orange and lavender flavors.


One of two California Chardonnays rated Outstanding.