Remember when I wrote about the Zinfandel festival about a month ago? Well I've been meaning to circle back and tell you about some of my favorites, but I've been busy working and goofing around on Pinterest and haven't gotten to it.
It's a good thing I took pictures of everything I tasted or I would never have remembered. This is a good tip for everyone out there. If you're in a restaurant and love the wine just grab a quick picture. There are some great wine apps you can use to organize your favorites but I'm not that organized. It's just one more thing.
When I came home and told Don how much I loved what I tasted he didn't really respond. He's not a big fan of zin. So I went to the store and picked up two bottles of the Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel.
"You have to try this. You're going to love it." I told him.
I poured him a big glass.
He swirled it. Sniffed it. Tasted it.
I'm staring at him.
"Do you like it?" I ask.
"It doesn't take like Zin." he said. "It's good. I like it."
Duh, I told him it was awesome. Sheeesh.
"I know, right? It's not totally jammy and heavy. It's awesome."
Seriously though, I knew he would like it because it's a blend of Zinfandel and Sirah. The two grapes are perfectly suited for each other. The Sirah give the Zinfandel grape a really nice spicy zip.
As I tasted my way around the festival I realized I really liked all the wines from Dry Creek. So my friend Rachel and I just stayed focused on trying those because she loved them too.
Here's a list of my favorites and pictures of all the labels. There were some from Lodi and Napa that I liked too. But pay close attention to those from Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma. Those were my favorites.
DRY CREEK VALLEY/SONOMA
- Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Zinfandel
- Main & Geary Zinfandel, 2010
- CORTINA by Seghesio
- BELLA Maple Vineyards Zinfandel
- BELLA Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel
- Maurtison Zinfandel, 2010
- Cline Cellars, Ancient Vines Zinfandel, 2010
- Dry Creek, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Sonoma County, 2006
- Rockpile Ridge Vineyard 2010
- Kokomo Winemaker's Reserve, Timber Crest Vineyards 2009
- RIDGE Lytton Estate, 2009
- SALDO Zinfandel
|Main & Geary is a private label wine only sold at BevMo!|
|This one too. Although the Zynthesis is from Lodi.|
|Peju - Napa Valley|
|Dry Creek Zinfandel|
|SALDO - made by Orin Swift|
If you're out and about in a wine shop, or in a restaurant, give one of these a try and let me know what you think! I may start a "I LOVE DRY CREEK VALLEY" club. You could be my first member.