Shannon Ridge Family of Wines | Vigilance Vineyards

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Make for “the lake!” Zinfandel interested people and wine fans in general need to catch up and head out to Lake County and Shannon Ridge Winery, in particular, where one man, Clay Shannon, is on a mission to refresh and re-invent this interior mountain AVA known best for being home to the largest freshwater lake […]

Scott Harvey Wines

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Rombauer Vineyards

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Rombauer is so strongly associated with it’s incredibly popular Chardonnay that it’s easy to overlook that the winery’s Zinfandels are its second most popular wines. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc all are hugely popular, too, but Zin in particular has been a key player at Rombauer since the winery’s early days. Koerner and […]

Ridge Lytton Springs

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant Dry Creek Valley Paul Draper’s influence on the preservation and elevation of California Zinfandel cannot be understated. The Ridge Lytton Springs winery estate in Sonoma is a testament to Draper’s trailblazing vision beginning back in the 1960’s at the Ridge Monte Bello Winery of making mountain […]

Ridge Vineyards

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant   Is there a more spectacular contrast of the old and new in California? Sequestered high atop the Santa Cruz mountains, the historic Ridge winery originally built in 1885 by Osea Perrone that once looked down on Santa Clara’s orchards and vineyards now looks directly down […]


July 8, 2019 | By freshmint

Hartford Family Winery

July 8, 2019 | By freshmint

Since they founded their winery in 1994, Don Hartford and Jennifer Jackson Hartford (whose father was Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall Jackson) have personally grown their home’s old vine Zinfandel vineyard in Green Valley into a prestigious collection of some of the most acclaimed Pinot noirs, Chardonnays and Zinfandels in California – 35 single vineyard […]

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars

June 25, 2019 | By freshmint

On your road trip to catch up on the Central Coast’s first-rate Zinfandels, take a little side trip into the legends of old Chicago and get to know the brothers Glunz (Matt and Stephen) at Glunz Family Winery and Cellars in Paso Robles. Glunz is a classic American immigrant success story, with an amazing family […]

Chateau Montelena Winery

June 14, 2019 | By freshmint

Most wine drinkers know that Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena is the winery best known for stealing the Chardonnay-show at The Judgement of Paris back in 1976. Then, the 2008 movie Bottle Shock which recounted the underdog winery story Hollywood-style boosted the winery’s Chardonnay fame. And while Chateau Montelena is also respected as a top producer […]

Berryessa Gap Vineyards

June 3, 2019 | By freshmint

Berryessa Gap is a multi-layered heritage story: immigrants, pioneers, farmers, and entrepreneurs…California Zinfandel in a nutshell! Berryessa Gap’s family connection to the land runs deep with farming roots from both Spanish and German ancestry in Winters, Yolo County. Wait…Winters? Yolo? Consult the map to get a bead on Winters. It’s that historic old west farming […]

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