Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (11/12/18)

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. Randy Caparoso writes Maître de Chai Finds “New California” Wine in Lodi’s Clements Hills. Wine Folly writes 20 Fantastic Thanksgiving Wines (2018 Edition). Eric Asimov writes Thanksgiving Wines: A…

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All Roads Do Not Lead to Burgundy

There is an expression among us wine collectors that goes “all roads lead to Burgundy.” The saying is based around the conventional wisdom that as collectors mature and their palates mature they transition from flashy, fruit forward wines like Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Old Vine Zinfandel to the complex, thought provoking Chardonnay and Pinot…

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The Week in Zinfandel (11/5/18)

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. Randy Caparoso writes The Burlington Chandler Reds of Longtime Lodi Natives Mark and Jan Burlington Chandler. Eric Asimov writes Even Bad Jokes can Make Good Thanksgiving Wines. Mike Dunne…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle 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. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . Expect to see a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo Vinyard and a Russian River…

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/29/18)

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. Wine Enthusiast writes Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2015 Seghesio Zinfandel Cortina. Bob Highfill writes Lodi Continues Efforts to Reach New Audiences.…

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A Visit to Limerick Lane

Limerick Lane Winery is in the Russian River Valley just south of the town of Healdsburg.The Del Fava family planted the oldest currently producing vineyard at Limerick Lane in 1910, a field blend consisting mostly of Zinfandel. In 1977, the Del Favas sold their thirty acre property to brothers Michael and Tom Collins. The two brothers began by selling some…

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/22/18)

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. Ken’s Wine Guide reviews the 2015 Federalist Zinfandel. Wine Enthusiast writes Your Guide to Drinking Wine Through the Zombie Apocalypse. VinePair writes Killer Boo-Quet: 10 American Wineries with Haunted…

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Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2013 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Ravenswood was founded in 1976 by Joel Peterson. The winery is a pioneer in producing single vineyard Zinfandels from some of Napa and Sonoma’s most treasured vineyards, including Dickerson, Old Hill, Cooke and Belloni. I used to visit Ravenswood in the summer, when they released their single vineyard wines. Back in the day they also served delicious barbecue on the deck out…

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