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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:21

Wine Pick of the Week

Ch Montelena Zin Picmonkey

2014 Calistoga Zinfandel

 

Chateau Montelena Winery

Calistoga

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $39

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:18

Tribidrag Key to Zin’s Origin

TASTE News Service, May 10, 2017 – Last week the New World met the Old in Split for the first international “I am Tribidrag” conference.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 00:52

December 30, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Old Vine Zinfandel

 

Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $32

By Darrell Corti

This 2015 Amador County Zinfandel is a commemorative wine.

It commemorates the 1965 Amador County Zinfandel made as a home wine that, in 1968, convinced Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Winery in Napa Valley to begin buying Amador County grapes. A lot has happened in the last fifty years.

Friday, 03 June 2016 11:17

June 3, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Coppola bottle zinfandel Picmonkey

 

2014 Red Label Zinfandel

 

Francis Coppola

California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $14

Saturday, 28 May 2016 14:53

May 27, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Galleano Zinfandel Picmonkey 2

 

2010 Pioneers Legendary Zinfandel

 

Galleano Winery

Cucamonga Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $17.50

Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:12

April 15, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel

 

Dry Creek Vineyard

Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $22

Friday, 01 January 2016 12:04

49er Icon Signs 1869 Bottles

Joe Montana signs 1869 bottles PicmonkeyJoe Montana signs a bottle of 1869By Dan Clarke

Nearly 30 years ago Randy Cross called San Francisco 49er fans a “white wine sipping crowd.” The comment from the all-pro guard came after a loss in which he felt the team’s fans exhibited a less than enthusiastic attitude. It was a derisive comment, but maybe not inaccurate.

Fans of many teams might be more likely to be beer drinkers or maybe shot-and-a-beer drinkers. However, 49er fans live close to the nation’s most significant wine regions and have a reputation for relative sophistication. It’s likely that they do drink more white wine than other football fans, though data on such matters is sketchy.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:18

December 18, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Dry Creek Vnyd 2013 OldVine Zinfandel bottle rgb1 Picmonkey2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

 

Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $32

 

“Some issues here could be confusing. Dry Creek Vineyard and Dry Creek Valley might sound redundant. And ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ sounds good, but what does that really mean?

“Opening this bottle at dinner with a relative, I was asked if it had any connection to the Dry Creek Ranch golf course. It doesn’t, but the question wasn’t unreasonable since the course is located on the northern fringe of Lodi, an area south of Sacramento that is known to produce good Zinfandel.

Friday, 13 November 2015 13:23

November 13, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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Zinfandel (N/V)

 

Barefoot

Lodi

Suggested Retail: 750ml $7, 1.5L $10.*

*average retail prices nationwide

 

“Recently we saw long-time wine writer Dan Berger’s comments about Barefoot Zinfandel and figured with his recommendation it had to be good. It is.

“Fruit for this wine comes from the Lodi appellation, which is about 45 miles south of Sacramento. In recent years vineyard acreage has increased hugely in the area. Though many varieties are grown successfully here, Zinfandel has always been regarded as Lodi’s signature grape.

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