How Heritage Old Vines Renewed California Zinfandel
In the mid-90’s California Zinfandel began positioning itself for a post-white Zin resurgence. However, quality selections were lacking. By sourcing cuttings from the state’s oldest, most prestigious vineyards, the Heritage Vineyard Project renewed California Zin.
Forbes Article: The Lucky Break That Launched A Wine Revolution
You know the old adage “turning lemons into lemonade,” reminding us to stay positive and look for the bright side of life. What if the the “lemons” were a stuck fermentation and the “lemonade” launched a pink wine revolution? This is what happened when winemaker Bob Trinchero “mistakenly” produced Sutter Home Wines first White Zinfandel.…
Get Your Zin On
Fall is here, and with it comes cooler days with hearty meals. Although Zinfandel is a perfect summertime wine because it pairs beautifully with barbeque; it is not to be forgotten in fall. California Zinfandel is the wine I want to serve with Friday pizza night, Saturday chili, Sunday night Bolognese, Meatless Monday, and Taco…
Exploring Ravenswood Single Vineyard Designate Zinfandels
When Joel Peterson founded Ravenswood Winery in 1976, his moto was “no wimpie wines.” He built Ravenswood on California’s signature grape – Zinfandel. He did not have enough money to buy land so he began by purchasing grapes from area growers. Today, these growers are featured in Ravenswood Single Vineyard Designate Zinfandels (SVD). I recently…
#Food & #Wine Pairing: Summer Grilling with Pedroncelli Winery
If you are looking for a delicious summer food and wine pairing, then light the grill because thanks to Pedroncelli Winery I have a great recipe for you!
An Exercise in Terroir with Lodi Native Zinfandel
A few months back I was contacted by Randy Caparoso of the Lodi Wine Commission and asked to share my Lodi Wine “ah-ha” moment. That moment began in July 2015, when I was sent my first samples of Lodi wines. The wines I received was the second vintage of the Lodi Native project. At that…
Getting Ready for #NationalZinfandelDay with Artezin Zinfandel
“The vision behind Artezin is to honor the art of making Zinfandel from old vine plantings and to work with family-owned farms throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.”
Prepping for #NationalZinfandelDay
The wine lovers calendar is filled with national or international days celebrating a specific grape or wine. I am not sure why these days exist, but in a world filled with so many wonderful wines I appreciate these days reminding me to enjoy a wide variety of wines. So with this in mind, I’d like…
#Food & #Wine Pairing: Fall for Pedroncelli
Fall is here! It is my favorite time of year. All of the squashes, root vegetables, soups, and heartier meals elevate my excitement about cooking. It is also time once again to continue Pedroncelli’s 90th anniversary celebration with three wines, two limited edition for the celebration, and another mouth-watering recipe. So let’s fall for Pedroncelli!
#Food & #Wine Pairing: The Summer is Getting Gnarly
Summers in Texas are long and hot. Temperatures reach 100°+ F in late July, early August and there is typically no break until mid-September. Air-condition is a blessing. However, this does not mean all outdoor cooking comes to a halt. No way. No matter the weather it is always the right time for grilling, smoking,…