Which Zinfandel wines to buy now

Which Zinfandel wines to buy now

Which Zinfandel wines to buy now


Which Zinfandel wines to buy now

Vintage wine taster Jim hosted a blind tasting of six outstanding Zinfandel wines. These Zinfandel wines were all under the $20 mark. If you are wondering which Zinfandel wines to buy now, here they are.  Our Vintage Wine Tasting Club meets bimonthly to taste wines of different varities. This is a wonderful way to learn about wine, and best of all find the greatest wine bargains. Jim prepared for the Zinfandel blind tasting by seeking advice from several wine shops and researching articles in wine magazines. After tasting several Zinfandel wines, Jim ended up with these six choices. The list below is the order in which we ranked the wines. We also list the price and where purchased. These were all terrific wines and outstanding values.

Zinfandel rankings

  1. 2013 Dry Creek Vineyard “Heritage Vines” Sonoma County Zinfandel – Costco $13.79, K&L Wines $15.99, Safeway $13.50
  2. 2012 Krutz Family Cellars “Magnolia Series” Napa Valley Zinfandel – K&L Wines $19.99
  3. 2012 Cedarville Vineyard El Dorado – K&L Wines $15.99
  4. 2013 Terra D’Oro Zinfandel Amador County – Costco $11.99
  5. 2012 Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – K&L Wines $19.99
  6. 2013 Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel – Costco, K&L Wines – $19.99

The top selection, Dry Creek Vineyard “Heritage Vines,” has become one of the winery’s flagship wines. Dry Creek Vineyard is one of the oldest wineries in the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, with a founding date of 1972. Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) was their main focus for many years. Now that the second generation of the Stark Family is managing the winery, Dry Creek has moved forward in wine production with a wide range of wine offerings. What I like about Dry Creek Vineyard is their line of entry-level wines. They are affordable and extremely well-made wines. These are big-production wines, like the “Heritage Vines” Zinfandel. They can be found discounted heavily at many wine shops and supermarkets. On the online wine shop at Dry Creek Vineyards, the “Heritage Vines” sells for $22. The Wine Enthusiast gave this wine its “Editor’s Choice” designation and rated it at 90 Points.

How about the ever-popular Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel finishing at the bottom of our list! That was surprising to all, given all the accolades this wine receives year after year. As I mentioned above, we liked all the wines very much, so the Seghesio by all accounts is a delicious Zinfandel.

The Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel has been spotted recently at Trader Joe’s for $12.99. That’s 50% off the list price on the Quivira online wine shop. It is undoubtedly a Trader Joe’s inventory buy. The 2013 vintage should be released shortly by Quivira.

Zinfandel is widely produced in California, but one of my favorite areas to taste Zinfandel is in the Dry Creek Valley. Dry Creek Road is where most of the wineries are located, but there are also some lovely wineries to explore on West Dry Creek Road. In my estimation, the most delicious Zinfandels in California come from the Dry Creek Valley.  Here is a list of some of our favorite wineries in Dry Creek.


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