Go for Gallo!

Go for GALLO!


Of all the wineries in all the towns in all the world, there is no nicer and more knowledgeable winemaker than soft spoken Dr. George Thoukis. George is the Senior Winemaker of Ernest & Julio Gallo of Sonoma. With his team of winemakers which includes Matt Gallo whose grandfather started E & J Gallo, they create some of the best and most palate friendly wines in the world. Some people are misled and overly impressed by the price of very expensive wines, but Gallo wines are good yet affordable. Made in a high tech winery which is closed to the public, every stage of the individual wine is monitored by computers. Just scan the bar code and Voila! All the vital statistics are displayed from date and time of harvest to date of fermentation. I saw this with my own eyes and as they say, ‘seeing is believing’!


The Russian River vineyard is only about 20 km from the raw power of the Pacific Ocean off the sleepy town of Jenner. Here great grapes make great wine. My personal favourite is the Rancho Zabacho “Zin”, Heritage Vines, Sonoma County 1999. You have never enjoyed California wine until you have tasted Zinfandel which has come to be almost synomymous with wine from the “Sunshine State”. A true blue “Zin” is made from grapes with thicker skins due to the coastal locale. Expect deep, rich colours, jammy luscious plum and blackberries which will satisfy without satiating. The Rancho Zabacho Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley 2000 is also a lively, charismatic wine full of joie de vivre like a happy little girl. Wonderful with seafood like lobster and white fish in a simple beurre blanc style.

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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