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12/26/2007  — 

Zinfandel-palooza

The 17th annual Zinfandel Festival is set to go off on 1/23-1/26. As you can imagine, this fest is kind of a big deal here in California. Sponsored by the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, the event attracts a large crowd of tasters as well as pourers.

It seems improbable that a single tongue could be dipped in around 270 different Zinfandels during one event, but this would be the place to try. Looks like they're spreading the winemakers across two locations within Fort Mason too.

Anyone planning to attend this year? Someone offered to get me into the Saturday event in exchange for some lines on this blizzog, but I'm not sure it'll work out. I generally prefer visiting the winemakers I want to learn more about anyway. The treasures of Sonoma, Napa, and yes Contra Costa, Amadour, Santa Cruz counties are all within reach.

12/16/2007  — 

2005 Falcon Ridge Lodi Zinfandel

Just tasted this zinfandel from the bottom shelf at Trader Joe's. "Dried Fig" was the main note of the nose and palette on first pour. These fruits lingered through the last pour as well. The dried fruit notes and 14.3% alcohol content might imply a big bodied wine, but the 2005 Falcon Ridge is relatively lightweight and balanced.

* http://quaffability.com/?p=169 Notes from 2004 vintage * http://wine.appellationamerica.com/wine-region/Lodi.html Notes about Lodi

04/10/2006  — 

Salento Primitivo

Salento Primitivo: Jim & I tasted this wine at the ferry building's Wine Merchant bar as part of a flight of Primitivo and Zinfandel. The Zin is one of Jim's fav. Varietals so we headed right for it. Neither of us had tastes Primitivo before so we were drawn to it: half the fun of this is finding new stuff. Primitivo is a long lost cousin to Zin. Both are related to the Crljenak from Croatia.

Our flight included 2 or 3 Primitivos from Salento. We agreed that the youngest seemed to be the most interesting in the flight: tar, leather, dried fig & berry with a startlingly long Pecorino Romano finish... nice.

Anyway, this bottle went for ~$13 which seemed a steal. Thanks for the Wine Merchant for putting the flight together!