Zinfandel: Articles on the Zinfandel Red Wine Grape Varietal

Dashe Cellars: Making Zinfandel in Oakland

The wine business is a fickle mistress. Winery owners and winemakers chase elusive scores, the public makes buying decisions based on movies, hype and price, and critics seem to applaud fruit laden, high octane wines. So where does that leave Dashe Cellars in Oakland, CA? Right where they want to be.

Jessup Cellars

The Vibe: 

Just up the street from the French Laundry, in the quaint Napa town of Yountville, Jessup Cellars sits in a modest strip. The winery’s namesake, Mark Jessup, spent years as a winemaker for Robert Mondavi, and was the first winemaker of Opus One. Today, you can try his own Bordeaux blend (Table for Four), zinfandel, merlot and chardonnay in a cozy venue. In addition to his wines, gourmet olive oil and works by artist Edmund Ian Grant are available for sale in the tasting room.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Jessup wines
  • Small, private tastings

 

Not good for: 
  • Large groups/buses
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
Known For: 
Table for Four (Bordeaux Blend), Zin, Merlot, Chardonnay
Pictures: 

Locations

6740 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 21.6036" N, 122° 21' 59.6268" W
6740 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 21.6036" N, 122° 21' 59.6268" W
Phone Number: 
7079448523

Battaglini Winery & Vineyard

The Vibe: 

Battaglini is an intimate winery along the Russian River Valley in Santa Rosa. Tastings take place on a drop-in basis, in a casual farmhouse, and are usually personally conducted by the vineyard's Lucca-born owner Joe Battaglini.  Battaglini has been making wine here since 1950, although the Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines were planted in 1885.  The winery produces three varietals; Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

While daily tours are not formally scheduled, the winery does open its facilities to the public for special events, such as their "Stomp Event" day, where guests get a chance to jump in and participate hands-on in the winemaking process.

Note: visitors can easily drive past the winery's small sign.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • One-on-one contact with experienced winemakers
  • "Hidden gem" atmosphere
  • Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel
  • Not good for: 
  • Formal setting
  • Art & architecture
  • Gardens
  • Guided tours
  • Private events or large groups
  • Picnics or dining
  • Known For: 
    Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay
    Pictures: 
    Battaglini Winery
    Battaglini Winery
    Battaglini Winery

    Location

    2948 Piner Rd.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    United States
    38° 28' 1.7652" N, 122° 48' 3.5064" W
    Phone Number: 
    7075784091

    Portrait of an Old Vine

    In the winter, they stretch above the ground like old crows’ claws reaching for the sky. Amid the bright green of the groundcover and vivid yellows, reds and oranges of the flowering cover crops, one could easily mistake these black stumps for dead. But they are just dormant for now, mustering the energy to push out yet another year’s worth of fruit that will produce the liquid gold that old vine zinfandel can be.

    A Zest for Zin

    Welcome to Red on RedsI This feisty Italian redhead is dishing about all things red wine. Now please don’t misunderstand: I’m not a white hater - I mean, who wouldn’t love a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with a bowl of mussels? But we’ll stick to the world’s glorious canvas of reds. Think of this as an adventure: I’m your old college buddy who’s just talked you into a spontaneous road trip! Come enjoy the ride from a fellow wine lover (not expert) point of view and we’ll even unearth some lesser known varietals to branch out together. Let’s share stories, seek out new varietals, and soak up as much as we can along the way.

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