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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008

Zinfandel

Zin is California’s grape, that’s for certain.

No where else is this Croatian variety so widely planted. Because of the success of red Zin (vs. white Zin, a sweet blush that is given little serious consideration beyond cocktail hour), other regions are looking at the grape, including the Pacific Northwest.

As a result, a minature revolution of sorts is occuring in Washington with Zinfandel. Much of the vineyard acreage is in the Columbia Gorge, where hot days and constant breezes produce superior quality. A few wineries are crafting Zins that are proving in competitions to be the equals to some of California’s best. Expect this niche to grow through the years.