On the Trail of Zin – With a Woman’s Touch.

The role of women in wine has revolutionized how the wine world produces, appreciates, and consumes wine. Nowhere in wine is this positive trend more evident than in California Zinfandel where women winemakers, growers, business people, media, and culinary pros have moved to the forefront alongside their male cohorts to create a more diverse, and expanding wine industry.

On the Paso Zinfandel Trail

California’s fastest-growing wine region might surprise you. Located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with more than 200 wineries, most of which are family-owned, it’s Paso Robles.    Here you’ll find a community of cowboys, surfers, and trailblazing winemakers (or, oftentimes, a combination of all three), an unpretentious attitude, and a unique terroir […]

Zingo! A National Zinfandel Day Game.

Want to add some an extra challenge to your Zinfandel tastings?  Introducing ZINGO!  Download and print the card and take with you on your explorations on the California Zinfandel Trail!  Here is how it works: Visit any Zinfandel Trail Winery. Have the tasting room staff initial your ZINGO block. Post a picture of your ZINGO […]

Zinfandel: The ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Napa Grape

Rombauer Vineyards 3522 Silverado Trail North, St. Helena Tasting fee: $20   Visit Site For a true “off the beaten path” tasting experience, a visit to Rombauer Vineyards is in order. Following the GPS directions, you might think you made a wrong turn or lost cell service. Unending greenery and tree covered windy roads lead the […]

Discovering Zinfandel: A Weekend in Amador

Visit Site Next door to the Kimpton Sawyer hotel is Fizz, a boutique sparkling wine bar that serves a variety of bubbles; Champagne, Prosecco, Sekt, Cava- You name it! Great place to have happy hour and bites are available! Try the oyster platter with duck fat French fries!     Dine: Camden Spit and Larder […]

Lodi Wine Experiences on the California Zinfandel Trail

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please check individual websites for schedules and reservations. Lodi has been named the Zinfandel Capital of the world by countless wine publications, including the ZAP website and Lodi’s own tourism website. There’s a reason for this.  Not only are the hot mediterranean days in the northern/central California AVA perfect for […]

Zinfandel still relevant in Cab-rich Napa Valley

Photo courtesy of Visit Napa Valley Back around 100 B.C. (Before Cabernet, circa 1860) Napa Valley was a booming wine frontier as westward-bound fortune seekers turned their attention to vineyards. Shaped by two coastal mountain ranges and gifted with a combination of alluvial and volcanic soils, bright sun, and the cooling Pacific, Napa Valley’s long growing season was […]

What to do, where to go along the Zinfandel Trail in Mendo County

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please check individual websites for schedules and reservations. Just over the Sonoma County line, mere footsteps into Mendocino County, a road sign on northbound Highway 101 perfectly sums up the appeal of this great expanse: “Welcome to Mendocino County,” it reads. “Wilderness, Waves, and Wine.” More than 100 wineries dot […]