Zinfandel’s history in the Sierra Foothills is long and colorful. Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines notes, “Our 1869 Vineyard off Steiner Road in the Shenandoah Valley is probably the oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard. We know the vineyard was planted in 1861. Then there is my grandfather’s vineyard, planted during prohibition. I guess you’d have to say my grandfather was a bootlegger; I have his “still” yet today.”
There are so many great wines to taste at this ZAP event. Here are a few picks for you to try.
|Scott & Jana Harvey,|
Scott Harvey Wines
|Joan Kautz of Ironstone|
|Beth Jones, Lava Cap Winery|
|Bill McGillivray, |
Dono dal Cielo
The 2006 Donodal Cielo Zinfandel is a classic Zinfandel, reminiscent of the great Zinfandels from the late 70′s and 80′s. It has bright fruit notes with aromas and flavors of cinnamon, allspice and anise. 14 percent alcohol. $28 the bottle.
|Chaim & Elisheva Gur-Arieh,|
C.G. Di Arie Winery
|Chris Leamy, winemaker,|
Terra d'Oro Winery
Zinfandel Port from Terra d’ Oro was a taste treat. Using traditional Portuguese port-making techniques with Zinfandel yields a Port that’s a bit lighter in flavor, with a raisiny character. 19 percent alcohol, $24 the bottle.
For more on Sierra Foothills wines and wineries, go to www.sierrafoothillswineries.blogspot.com