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.
The phrase “California Wine Country” often conjures images of rolling hills, perfectly manicured rows of lush green grapevines, and beautiful people sipping Chardonnay on balconies. It doesn’t evoke images of abandoned mines, dirt roads, and tree-sized grapevines with gnarly arms and wild leaves nestled between tiny towns with triple digit populations. Welcome to Gold Country.
When we hear the term Cult Wine in California we often relate it to cult cabs. Big, full bodied small production Cabernet Sauvignon based wines with high alcohol and a good amount of oak, that almost masks the inherent pepper-like characteristic of the variety. But in the 1990’s another cult wine rose to the top: […]
Chances are you or someone you know has made the claim that they love rosé, but hate White Zinfandel. This isn’t surprising at all because White Zinfandel has a pretty terrible rap, no thanks to how it’s been made and marketed for years.