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The Pleasures of Zin: 2011 Frog’s Leap Zinfandel

Zinfandel was one of the first wines I cut my teeth on a couple decades ago. (Thank you, Ravenswood.) But as my taste gravitated away from heavy, jammy, boozy expressions of the grape, I left it by the wayside. So how great was it to crack open a bottle of 2011 Frog’s Leap Zinfandel Napa [More]

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The Pleasures of Geyserville: A Place, A Bottle, A Memory

When I think of Geyserville, CA, I am reminded of two things: pizza and Ridge Vineyards. While the best pizza I ever ate episode has been documented on this fair blog, I returned home to Seattle to be transported back to this small town via a wine named for the same place. The 2010 Ridge [More]

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Nalle Winery Zinfandel Makes You Smart

I’ve been a big fan Zinfandel from Nalle Winery for a long time. There was an end-of-the-shift moment at a wine shop I was working at, surrounded by a panoply of open wine bottles, where I kept coming back to this wine from California’s Dry Creek Valley. Why? Well, it was an astonishingly different take [More]

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I Will Accept Zinfandel as a Small Percentage of a Red Wine to Drink at an Outdoor Summer BBQ

Zinfandel, my nemesis grape that people seem to love to drink while roasting in the sun and eating roasted food, does have a place in summer: when it’s blended with Pinot Noir and Syrah. Never in my life would I have thought someone would blend Pinot Noir with either Zinfandel or Syrah, but the folks [More]

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