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Zinfandel: American Heritage in a Glass

Zinfandel: American Heritage in a Glass 7

Crisp weather has arrived, Fall foliage is underway, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, shifting our focus in the direction of the all-American grape variety: Zinfandel. Since its earliest mentions in literature from the 1820s, Zinfandel has been claimed as America’s own wine variety. And like many great stories of immigration, Zinfandel’s journey is … Read More

A Return to Classic: The Stylistic Evolution of California Wine

A Return to Classic: The Stylistic Evolution of California Wine

Wine styles are constantly shifting. Ripeness, acidity, body, alcohol all take turns on center stage as the wine pendulum swings. Recently, California has been in the spotlight, leading the way toward a return to a lower alcohol, higher acid, more mineral-driven winemaking style than in the previous two decades. While it might be colloquially referred … Read More

American Riesling: Defining a Noble Grape on American Soil

American Riesling: Defining a Noble Grape on American Soil 4

“More than any other great grape, Riesling has suffered from prostitution of its name. The word Riesling has been filched for incorporation into the names of all sorts of vine, many of them mediocre.” Jancis Robinson, Vines, Grapes and Wines, 1986. At the end of Prohibition, over one million gallons of “Riesling” were produced, and … Read More