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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 California Zinfandels

New reviews of top 2008 and 2009 reds with plenty of personality

Posted: March 21, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zinfandel with a Sense of Place

Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine 2007

Posted: February 23, 2011  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

2009 Zinfandels Promising at ZAP Tasting

Notes on favorite wines and vintage impressions from the 20th anniversary of the annual San Francisco event

Posted: January 31, 2011  By Tim Fish

Zinfandel fans are a devoted bunch. Not only has the annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) tasting thrived for 20 years in San Francisco, but thousands of Zin buffs lined up Saturday in the drizzling rain for a chance to taste the latest releases from more than 200 producers. Except for a few 2006s and 2007s, most of the wines poured were from the 2008 vintage or barrel samples from 2009. The 2008s remain a mixed bag, with many unbalanced wines, but the best are showing more promise than I expected a year ago. The 2009 Zinfandels should have wide appeal, at least from my preliminary tastings. After the 2009 harvest, many of us didn’t know what to expect. The vintage was like a good book with a lousy ending. But the initial 2009 barrel samples seem pleasantly ripe and balanced, offering good structure and acidity. Following are my notes on some of my favorite wines among the roughly 50 I sampled.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Rediscovering Value in Dry Creek

Region's long history with Zinfandel gives it an edge

Posted: January 26, 2011  By Tim Fish

A lot of us drank Zinfandel in the old days because it was cheap. For 10 bucks, I could buy a terrific bottle in the early 1990s and I didn’t have to cross my fingers or anything. Today the top wines run $30 or $40 and, since I don’t have a mattress stuffed with Facebook stock, I can’t drink those every day.

And yet, one of the perks of being a Zin buff is that it’s still possible to find a tasty wine at a decent price, and not just the generic Zinfandels that carry a California designation. Most regions still produce a few honest, handcrafted Zins that sell for less than $20.

Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County is home to two of my favorite values, and the current releases remind me why the wines are so reliable.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 California Zinfandels

New reviews of Golden State Zins from Turley, Carlisle and other top producers

Posted: December 6, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zesty Zinfandel on a Chilly Night

Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2008

Posted: October 26, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 Outstanding California Reds

New reviews of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel from Sonoma

Posted: October 25, 2010  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zesty Red Zinfandel for a Giant Victory

Four Vines California Zinfandel Old Vine Cuvee 2007

Posted: October 13, 2010  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  Columns

A Study in Zinfandel

Ravenswood winemaker Joel Peterson sits down for a vertical tasting of single-vineyard wines

Posted: October 12, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

Rachel Ann Seghesio Dies at 80

Matriarch of Sonoma Zinfandel family helped build the business and welcome visitors

Posted: October 5, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Zinfandel Built for the Cellar

Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine 2008

Posted: October 1, 2010  By Tim Fish

Sept. 30, 2010 Issue  :  Features

Zinfandel Grand Masters

An old-time Napa family succeeds with some of California’s oldest vines

Posted: September 30, 2010  By Tim Fish

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How is Zinfandel made?

Posted: September 20, 2010  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

California Merlot and Zinfandel

New reviews of a dozen exciting young reds from the Golden State, some collectible, some good values

Posted: July 19, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Monster Zinfandel That’s Aging Well

Carol Shelton Zinfandel Mendocino County Wild Thing Old Vine Cox Vineyard 2006

Posted: July 16, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Fruit Bomb Zinfandel for a Sonoma Summer

De Loach Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2008

Posted: July 9, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A California Red that Marries Refinement and Exuberance at Meadowood

Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2007

Posted: July 7, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

June 30, 2010 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

2007 California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

Posted: June 30, 2010  

June 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel Shopping Guide

Wines for every taste and price range

Posted: June 30, 2010  By Tim Fish

June 30, 2010 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel Delight

2007 is a vintage to relish, offering the highest quality in more than a decade to uplift summer fare

Posted: June 30, 2010  By Tim Fish

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