Explosive growth of California’s wine industry has seen the past several years, it’s easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it’s true that California’s viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state’s roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.

America’s most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa’s great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley.

Tasting notes of Zinfandel

Grgich Hills winery grows their estate grapes organically and biodynamically. The estate Zin is grown upvalley in Calistoga, near to where Mike Grgich made history-making wine at Chateau Montelena.

According to winery notes: “Its northeast exposure catches plenty of morning sun but is shaded from the hot late afternoon sun and combined with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soils creates the perfect place to grow this variety of grapes. This food-friendly Zinfandel’s flavors of strawberries, red plums, orange zest and a hint of white pepper make it the perfect match for grilled meats, Lasagna, pizza topped with tomato sauce and beef stews.”

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