Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008
Zin is Californias grape, thats 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 Californias best. Expect this niche to grow through the years.