"The Columbia Valley lies at exactly the same northerly latitude as France's Burgundy region, so Burgundy's traditional grapes – Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – are perfectly suited to the Valley's climate and growing conditions."
Wrong. Burgundy's traditional grapes are chardonnay, pinot noir, and gamay. In fact, I'm not even sure it's legal to plant merlot and cabernet there.
From Matt Kramer's New California Wine: Making Sense of Napa Valley, Sonoma, Central Coast, and Beyond [by way of the King County Library System]:
"Davis, an agricultural town 20 miles east of the state capital"
No. Davis is west of Sacramento. For a book that professes that "place matters," a little basic geography would be helpful. [For the record, this book is way assy - I don't recommend reading it unless you got it for free from the library, and there's nothing good on TV.]
"This [1995 Bouscassé] Madiran is probably old enough to drink now." - Me
Dead wrong, even if M. le sommelier en ligne says otherwise. It was still way tannic; after an hour of aeration, it finally got to be drinkable, but frankly it was the wrong choice for a Valentine's Day bottle of wine. We should have had some Bouteille Call instead.