Joel Gott wasn’t born a winemaker, of course. But it sometimes seems that way. Born in Napa Valley, he released his first vintage over 20 years ago, and the roots of his winemaking heritage stretch deeper still. Gott is a fifth-generation California vintner. His 1997 Amador County Zinfandel earned the label widespread acclaim, and he hasn’t […]
The term ”jammy” has become peak wine jargon. It’s used to describe all sorts of sweet and quaffable wines, including some of the most popular Zinfandels and red blends on the market. These wines have been trending for several years, but their common use of such additives as sugar, water, and copious quantities of crystalline […]
There’s a whole lotta cosmic energy swirling around in March, so it’s all hands on deck! Between the spring equinox, a blue full moon, and more celestial events all happening in the next few weeks, the universe is putting in some long hours. To best channel what the cosmos is trying to communicate with you, […]
There’s a myth in the American wine world that needs to be put to bed. The idea is that pairing wine with vegetarian food is nearly impossible, especially when it comes to flavorful veggies like asparagus and artichokes. Not so, says Lauren Friel, wine director of Dirt Candy in New York City. In fact, pairing […]
Zinfandel may not have originated in California — studies show it to be an ancient grape variety likely from Croatia — but no other place in the world has adopted Zin as the Golden State has, making it a signature variety of sorts.
I drank a lot of Ravenswood in college. Mostly because I wanted to seem sophisticated and classy AF, but also because I just preferred it to beer. There was something to me that felt very adult about choosing wine over macro lager. But I was also on a budget, so while I had a taste […]
When you hear White Zinfandel, you probably think pink, sweet, low in alcohol, and, of course, inexpensive. But White Zinfandel is back in a new iteration. That doesn’t mean you should expect Sutter Home to start popping up on top wine lists; that can remain stockpiled in your mom’s fridge. But some California winemakers have […]
With autumn fully set in and Thanksgiving a short two weeks away, we’re on the hunt for all things red and juicy: cranberry sauce, cherry pies, and yes, delicious, quaffable wines to serve on our Turkey Day table. Beaujolais and Pinot Noir are both solid, light-bodied reds to place in front of your guests, though […]
California Zinfandel used to be the king of California wine, but over the years, most California Zins have become heavy, rich, alcoholic fruit bombs. These are wines that can reach alcohol levels close to 16%, with so much fruit and oak that you’re likely to pass out if you consume more than a glass.