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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 California Zinfandels for $25 or Less

New reviews of great red values from across the state in a range of styles

Posted: March 19, 2012  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Winning Sonoma Zinfandels

New reviews of good value Zins from recent vintages

Posted: February 27, 2012  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

2010 Zinfandels a Mixed Bag at ZAP Tasting

Notes on my favorite wines at the annual San Francisco event

Posted: February 1, 2012  By Tim Fish

Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish attended the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. It was an opportunity for him to get a first impression of the difficult 2010 vintage, as well as taste more wines from the outstanding 2009 vintage. Here are his notes from the festival and scores for his top 10 favorite wines.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

JC Cellars Back in the Zin Saddle Again

Winemaker Jeff Cohn returns to his roots and proves he still has the touch

Posted: January 11, 2012  By Tim Fish

Winemaker Jeff Cohn was the man behind Rosenblum’s stellar Zinfandels during that winery’s heyday, so when he launched his own winery, JC Cellars, he focused almost exclusively on Syrah and other Rhône varietals.

“I wanted some separation,” says Cohn, who launched his winery with his wife, Alexandra, in 1996 and departed Rosenblum in 2006. “But I missed Zin, and I feel like the water has cleared enough that I can do what I want to do.”

The sluggish sales of California Rhône wines played a role no doubt, but I’ve always thought Cohn had a gift for Zin, so I’m glad to see him returning to his roots. And his new releases from the 2009 vintage certainly prove the point.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Hearty Zin for the Holidays

Michael & David Phillips Zinfandel Lodi 7 Deadly Zins Old Vine 2008

Posted: January 5, 2012  By Kim Marcus

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Are Zinfandel grapes and wines produced only in the United States?

Posted: January 4, 2012  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 California Zinfandels

New releases in a range of styles, from bold and ripe to supple and elegant

Posted: November 28, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zesty Red That’s No Turkey for Thanksgiving

Buehler Zinfandel Napa Valley 2009

Posted: November 21, 2011  By Tim Fish

Nov. 15, 2011 Issue  :  Features

Living History

California’s old-vine Zinfandels stand the test of time—and then some

Posted: November 15, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 California Red and White Values

New reviews of an assortment of budget wines priced at $35 or less from the Golden State

Posted: October 24, 2011  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Bold Zinfandel with a Rich Heritage

Ridge Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch 2009

Posted: September 23, 2011  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Who Says Zinfandel Doesn't Age?

Retrospective tasting of 1991 and 2001 prove the contrary

Posted: August 24, 2011  By Tim Fish

Zinfandel ages well.

There! I said it. You wanna make something of it? Huh?

Because I’m not flapping my gums just for the breeze. I have proof. Sure, folks will tell you that Zin won’t get better with age, that you should drink them fast before all that snazzy fresh fruit fades into oblivion.

BLTs for me are in the same wine-pairing pool as a hamburger with all the fixings. You can’t simply be guided by one ingredient; there’s a potpourri of flavors and textures to consider, from sweet and acidic to smoky and creamy.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

The Ups and Downs of the Sierra Foothills

Veterans of this unsung wine region are being joined by a new generation of winemakers

Posted: August 10, 2011  By Tim Fish

Whenever I write about the Sierra Foothills, I always call Bill Easton because he’ll tell you what he thinks, not what you want to hear. In these salad days of online news media, the rule seems to be “decide the story first, then fill in the blanks.” Chalk it up to my nights covering mayhem and BS at a daily newspaper, but I like being thrown a curve ball. That’s when you learn something.

Easton took umbrage—and he’s an umbrage taker from way back—when I said the Foothills were like the Finger Lakes and Long Island wine regions in New York, well-regarded by those in the know but largely undiscovered by the wine masses. He asked: Why compare? “Bordeaux may be like Napa may be like Barossa Valley may be like Stellenbosch.” Easton said. “It is what it is.”

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Going Back to the Future with Old Zin Vineyards

Getting all philosophical while walking in a 120-year-old vineyard

Posted: August 3, 2011  By Tim Fish

Note to self: Whenever you hear someone grumble that California lacks the wine pedigree of Europe, remember the day you walked through San Lorenzo vineyard with Pete Seghesio and his boys.

It was one of those mid-summer Sonoma County mornings when the fog scares off early and the heat rises at you like exhaust from the dirt. Joe and Will were chasing each other in ATVs around the outskirts of the vines as Pete showed me the oldest patch of grapes in San Lorenzo, a 7-acre parcel near the Russian River in Alexander Valley.

"The deed for the ranch goes back to 1896," said Seghesio, whose great-grandfather Frank Passalacqua paid 10 gold coins for it. The copy of the deed is framed on the wall of his house, which overlooks the vineyard, and it refers to "seven acres of young vines."

June 30, 2011 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Revisiting 2001 and 1991 California Zinfandel

Now 10 and 20 years old, some of the wines taste surprisingly youthful

Posted: June 30, 2011  By Tim Fish

June 30, 2011 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Reversal of Fortune

After uninspiring early returns, the 2008 Zinfandels show they have what it takes

Posted: June 30, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Powerful California Zinfandels

New reviews of big California reds perfect for pairing with meats from the grill

Posted: June 20, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Steak and Red Wine for Father's Day

It's perfectly grilled meat and potatoes for Dad, plus a list of recommended Zinfandels and Malbecs to match

Posted: June 10, 2011  By Laurie Woolever

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zesty Red for Grilled Beef

Four Vines Zinfandel California Old Vine Cuvee 2009

Posted: June 1, 2011  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Cult Zin at a Value Price

Turley Zinfandel California Juvenile 2009

Posted: May 2, 2011  By Tim Fish

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