Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Help me finish this Best 100 list

For 10 weeks we voted on the World's Best 100 Types of Wine. We'll take the top 9 wines from each week's election to give us 90; this gives us leeway to fix any problems and omissions.

First, I need to hear from you about any deserving types of wine that were not on the list of 150 candidates. I will run the entire list below, so please use a "search" function to see if the wine you recommend was never considered.

I am not interested in overturning results. I may think Corsican red wine belongs on the list, and you may think Virginia Viognier belongs, but the electorate has spoken.

However, I do want to have one more election to determine the final list. I could simply take the top 10 finishers from each group, but because of the random assignment to groups, some wines may not have had a fair shot.

I'm listing three groups below. First, the 90 types of wine that made the list. Second, the 35 wines that definitely missed the cut. And third, the 25 wines that are on the bubble (for some reason nearly half are from Italy).

This group on the bubble includes every 10th and 11th place finisher, like a wild-card playoff, plus 5 other wines that polled more than 4% support. Those wines may have been unfortunately placed in a brutal bracket.

My inclination is to have one final large election with these 25, and any other good wines suggested by you. But let's get this right: if you have other ideas, share them in the comments.

World's Best 100 Types of Wine: Made the Cut

Alsace Gewürtztraminer
Alsace Pinot Blanc
Alsace Pinot Gris
Alsace Riesling
Alto Adige Gewürtztraminer
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Austria Grüner Veltliner
Baden Spätburgunder
Barbera d'Alba
Barossa Shiraz
Bordeaux dessert (Sauternes et al)
Bordeaux dry white
Bordeaux left bank red
Bordeaux right bank red
Brunello di Montalcino
Burgundy red
Burgundy white, excluding Chablis
Central Otago Pinot Noir
Chianti Classico
Chinon & Bourgueil
Clare Valley Riesling
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Côtes du Roussillon
Douro red
Etna Rosso
Fiano di Avellino
Finger Lakes Riesling
Friuli whites
Greece Xinomavro
Hermitage red
Hungary dry Furmint
Hungary Tokaj
Hunter Valley Semillon
Kremstal Riesling
Margaret River Bordeaux blends
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Mendoza Malbec
Mosel Riesling
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles Rhone reds
Pfalz Riesling
Provence rosé
Quarts de Chaume
Rheingau Riesling
Rias Baixas
Ribera del Duero
Rioja red
Rioja white
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County Syrah
Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Santorini Assyrtiko
Sherry: amontillado, oloroso and palo cortado
Sherry: fino and manzanilla
Sicily red
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
South Africa Chenin Blanc
Super Tuscans
Tawny Port
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Vintage Port
Wachau Riesling
Walla Walla Merlot
Walla Walla Syrah
Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

World's Best 100 Types of Wine: Missed the cut

Alto Adige Kerner
Alto Adige Pinot Grigio
Arbois red
Austria Roter Veltliner
Campania white
Collio red
Corsica red
Corsica white
Dalmatia white
Dão red
Friuli orange wine
Gemischter Satz (sorry, Alder)
Georgia amphora wines
Hawkes Bay Bordeaux blends
Irouléguy red
Istria Malvasia
Istria & Slovenia Teran
Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Limari Chardonnay
Mendocino/Sonoma County sparkling wine
Portugal dry white (excluding Vinho Verde)
Rosé des Riceys
Rutherglen Muscat
Saumur Champigny Red
Sicily white
Slovenia whites
Tasmania Pinot Noir
Uruguay Tannat
Vin Jaune
Virginia Viognier
Yarra Valley red

World's Best 100 Types of Wine: Wines on the Bubble

Alto Adige Lagrein
Alto Adige Pinot Bianco
Alto Adige Sauvignon
Argentina Torrontes
Burgenland Blaufränkisch
Campania red
Dolcetto d'Alba
Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Etna Bianco
Jura white
Moscato d'Asti
Nahe Riesling
Niagara ice wine
Sagrantino di Montefalco
Salta Malbec
Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Sardinia Vermentino
Savoie white
Sierra Foothills Zinfandel
Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
Tuscany Merlot
Victoria Shiraz
Vinho Verde

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Francly Speaking said...

Looks like the 'fix' is in! Baden Spatburgunder? Fiano...? Looks like list of Somm Obscure 101!

Anonymous said...

Happy to see Roussillon made the cut. Sad that I don't see any Languedoc appellations (might be missing them in that long list). I have to admit I have no idea what type to suggest "Languedoc red" "Languedoc GSM"