Tag: Zinfandel

Local Wineries Deserve More Respect

A look at some Maryland wineries.
Many regionally produced wines are as good as their West Coast cousins, although consumers often overlook them. With wine being made in all 50 states, it is fitting that attention be paid to the accomplishments of these small wineries.

ZAP Shows Off California’s Best Zinfandels

A look at some recently released Zinfandels.
The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, ZAP, were recently in D.C. to showcase examples of California’s quintessential wine. Genetically identical to the Croatian grape Crljenak, and related to the Italian Primitivo, Zinfandel was brought to West Coast during the 1850s Gold Rush; by the end of the 1900s, it

California Winemaker Hails From Maryland

A look at some of Jeff Cohn's wines.
Jeff Cohn did not expect to become a winemaker, although he started in the food industry at age 16. After earning a degree in hospitality management, the Maryland native took a series of jobs including a stint on a Caribbean cruise ship. He ‘‘learned to appreciate wine”

Shuffling Around At California Wineries

Lots of changes underway in California.
The winds of change are blowing through California’s vineyards. After more than 30 years at Beringer, winemaker Ed Sbragia has left the Napa winery to focus his efforts on his family’s project in Sonoma. The Sbragia Family Vineyards have been producing quality wines since 2004 and release 6,000 cases

The Antidote To Boring Wines

A look at the wines of the Martinelli Winery.
Inside a red barn along Sonoma’s River Road is the Martinelli Winery tasting room. The Martinelli family planted their first vineyard in 1899 on a site known as ‘‘Jackass Hill,” a location reportedly so steep that only a fool would harvest there. During the ensuing century,

With A Name Like That, It’s Gott To Be Good

A look at the wines created by Joel Gott.
Joel Gott comes honestly to the business of winemaking. He’s the grandson of the president of Inglenook Winery, whose mother created Montevina Winery and whose father started in the cellar at Sterling Vineyards (eventually becoming CEO). Gott himself is a partner in the Three Thieves wine

Paso Robles: California’s Most Promising Wine-Making Region

A review of some wines from Paso Robles.
More than 40 different varietals — high-quality Zinfandel, excellent Cabernet blends and first-rate Rhone varietals — are cultivated in Paso Robles, California’s largest American Viticultural Area (AVA). The 24-plus square mile area has 700 to 2,000-foot elevations, with diverse microclimates from the cooling Pacific breezes and multiple

California Dreamin’: Wines Enhance the Holidays

California wines for the holiday season.
With the holidays around the corner, it is time to choose the wines that will be served with the festive meals. Since the menu and head count often vary, it is best to generalize the wine choices rather than try to match them perfectly to the food and guests.

Flavorful Wines Arise From Inhospitable Conditions

A review of several Rosenblum wines.
Lovers of big, flavorful wines should make a pilgrimage to northern Sonoma County. There, the Rockpile AVA, a recently designated American Viticulture Area, includes more than 15,000 acres extending from Dry Creek Valley to the Mendocino County line above Lake Sonoma. The name fits perfectly since the shallow soil