Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (6/22/15)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers! Portland Wine Examiner writes Portland’s Distillery Row Welcomes an Urban Winery into the Fold. Now and Zin Wine writes Lodi Native Single Vineyards Zinfandels on Social Media.…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel

The June installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Old Vine Zinfandel from the the 2011 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published…

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The Week in Zinfandel (5/18/15)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers! Mike Dunne writes Lodi Shows off its Zinfandels. Lodi News-Sentinel writes Banana Boats, Wine and Entertainment Highlight ZinFest. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2012 Frank Family Zinfandel…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Predominantly Zinfandel with small amounts Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Grapes from Montafi Ranch, Sodini Vineyard, Rossi Ranch, Banfield Ranch and Saitone Ranch. A real “kitchen sink” wine. Lighter in color than I…

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The Week in Zinfandel (4/20/15)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers! Randy Caparoso writes The Original Grandpere Vineyard: Powerful Women, Grapes and Wines. The Wines of Lodi, CA writes Lodi Zinfandel gets some “Pizzaz” from a Sonoma Producer.…

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The Week in Zinfandel (3/30/15)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers! Allie Merrick reviews the 2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard. Honest Wine Reviews writes Frank Family Zinfandel Wine Review. Luxe Beat Magazine writes The Best of “America’s Grape”.…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Montafi Vineyard was planted in 1926. Located farther up the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, bordering the Santa Rosa city limits, this vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does…

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Random Musings

The Best of Zinfandel Chronicles in 2014

The end of the year is always a time to reflect on what transpired in the previous twelve months. With that in mind I took a moment to look at what posts in 2014 generated the most traffic (excluding Bottle Notes, The Week in Zinfandel and Pick My Next Bottle polls). Since many of you just recently started reading my…

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2014

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely a favorite grape of mine. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2014.…

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