Tag Archives: Zinfandel

8 Years in the Desert : A New Wine from Dave Phinney and Orin Swift

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Wine lovers across the country may not know him by name, but they have seen and drank his wines. They are everywhere, from grocery stores to high-end wine shops. Even the wine-curious, that know his many brands, such as the Prisoner and Orin Swift, know little about the mind behind some of the most successful […]

All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

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Let’s Learn About Zinfandel!  Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California although it has it’s roots in Croatia. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry. The big, ripe red wine that comes from these grapes  has some of […]

In Memory of the ‘King of Zinfandel’ Kent Rosenblum

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Tributes have been pouring in since it was announced that Kent Rosenblum, the good natured veterinarian from Minnesota turned winemaking icon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night from complications following knee replacement surgery.  He was 74. Kent, a pioneer in the modern California Zinfandel movement,  was just a vet living in San Francisco’s East Bay when […]

Grower and Winemaker: Ulises Valdez

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Ulises Valdez is one of California’s most prestigious grape growers, though you wouldn’t know it by just speaking with him. Despite the enormity of his accomplishments, Valdez  carries himself with great humility. An emotional speaker who gesticulates emphatically, Valdez alternates between cracking jokes (often self-effacing) and tearing up during one of the many poignant moments […]

Best Wine Buys from Mietz Cellars

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Don’t mention “Sideways” to Keith Mietz. If you’re not familiar, that’s the film that included a profanity laced diatribe against Merlot. “When we first opened the winery in 1989, we made Merlot from the 11 acres right outside of our winery,” Mietz recalls. “That’s all we grew and the only varietal we made for quite […]

Zinfandel: BBQ’s Perfect Mate

For many people across the U.S. Memorial Day has become the unofficial kick off to summer. And you know what that means? Time to fly your flag, slather on some sunscreen and fire up the BBQ . Last week we shared some amazing Zinfandels with you and this week we have even more to offer […]

The Perfect Pairing: Wine and Chocolate

  Nothing says amore quite like wine and chocolate. With the approaching Valentine holiday, we think it’s the perfect time to start experimenting with this classic pairing. Wine and chocolate are fermented using the same type of yeast, giving them similar properties. Their affinity for each other causes a love /hate relationship that can result […]