zinfandel

‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

Like Disneyland, Silicon Valley, and traffic on the 405, old-vine Zinfandel is a California institution. For fans of the big and bold wine, those three words not only represent an easy-drinking style of wine, they also celebrate an important part of American winemaking heritage. It might be surprising, then, to learn that labeling a Zinfandel […]

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Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

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 […]

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Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

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 […]

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Here’s Your Drink Pairing for Your March Horoscope

Here’s Your Drink Pairing for Your March Horoscope

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, […]

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Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

Dirt Candy’s Lauren Friel Shares Her Secrets to Pairing Wine With Vegetables

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 […]

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White Zinfandel Isn’t Just for Your Parents Anymore

White Zinfandel Isn’t Just for Your Parents Anymore

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 […]

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Review: Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2012

Review: Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2012

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 […]

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