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Having had a much younger and more tannic York Creek Ridge Zin the night before, this lovely Geyserville demonstrated Ridge’s skill in blending Zinfandel …

So, the second of my attempts at cool(er) climate California Pinot Noirs, to see if I’m mistaken… And a second similar result – just …

Sonoma is, in fact, a large region. Most people, including myself, would probably think of Sonoma as Napa’s quieter, more rural, more familial, ‘little …

California wine is synonymous with US wine. For many it is US wine. Fortunately, the fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of Oregon, the Bordeaux …

Iconic is a term often over-used. In the case of Ridge Vineyards it is entirely appropriate. Their instantly recognisable label design is, literally, an …

And then Tracey and Dante flourished this from their collection, so we had to have a return visit to “Giuseppe & Luisa” in memory …

So, 2 benchmark Zinfandels on the same page! Both from my San Francisco trip, and visited both wineries, but they’d run out of this …

[On label: To Tim the label nut! David Rafanelli] [On book: Salute and Bona Fortuna. David A. Rafanelli] Visiting Rafanelli was great fun, because …

Classic “hot climate” oaked Chardonnay. Deep yellow colour. Aromas of pineapple but particularly butterscotch. Thick texture with flavours of vanilla-coated tropical fruit. Some acidity …