We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon. It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.” This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual … Continue reading Original Zin: The Real Story of This Unique Grape
If you've been wanting to try Croatian wine, start with these five beauties from the country's first approved wine region, Dingač.
I was recently invited to an exclusive industry event at Rombauer Vineyards on Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Among wine experts and casual wine drinkers alike, Rombauer is considered to be the quintessential producer of "California-style" Chardonnay. While "French-style" Chard is typically crisp, citrus-flavored, lighter colored, and more acidic, California Chardonnay has deeper golden color, … Continue reading Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay
Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi produces wine exclusively from Spanish grape varietals.
In our recent inaugural visit to Lodi we had the good fortune to meet one of the most unusual characters in that emerging region: Markus Niggli. Come to think of it, he would be one of the most unusual characters in any wine region. A native of Switzerland, Markus has worked in vineyards and wineries around … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part II: Markus Wine Co.