Thursday, June 27, 2013


Two good friends decided to share their love and adventures in wine and here we are one year later…

It’s hard to believe that it has already been over a year since Denise and I started our blog.  The wines we have tasted……the people we have met……the adventures into the sultry summer nights …….yes, you know who you are.  We have enjoyed every moment and have already begun our second year with new ideas and bottles of wine yet to be tasted.

As I look back through my wine tasting notes, journals and corks I realized I had an awesome year tasting a huge variety of wine.  I’m now on a personal acquaintance with my grocery store wine department and I’ve tasted almost every label on the shelf. (Let me say I sampled my fair share of bad wine this past year).  Walla Walla and the grapes from Horse Heaven Hills have produced some of my very favorite wines and I give a big THANK YOU to MOR MOR Bistro in Poulsbo, Washington for introducing me to the small production vintners of Italy, France and South America.

But the corks (over 200 corks and counting)  I saved really tell the tale of my adventures.   The bold wines, the sweet, the blends…oh I love the blends.  And through it all my palate changed and grew.  Once Pinot Noirs were my favorite but now I seek out the bold, lushes, dark wines that have structure, personality and leave me breathless.  See…a year ago I wouldn’t have even talk about wine like that.  Not only did my palate grow but my vocabulary has changed too. J

But the adventure goes on……..

This year we would like to invite all of you to share your wine adventures with us.  If there is a bottle you just have to rave about or a winery you visited we would like you to share those experiences with us and we will post your findings on the Winelovinwomen blog.  It doesn’t have to be long, just a sentence or two will do.  But if the mood strikes, write to your heart’s content.  Submit your adventures to

Thank you again for your support, encouragement and love of wine….have a wonderful summer. CHEERS!!  LaDonna

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Not my father’s Zinfandel
I remember when I was a child my Dad making wine in the cellar, the Zinfandel grapes would arrive in the wooden crates from California and we would not be allowed to sneak a taste of the beautiful fruit. I never got a chance to try his wine however I remember his friends commenting how wonderful it was.  So I thought in honor of my father on Father’s Day I would explore Zinfandel.
Zinfandel originated in Croatia, though many think of it as primarily a California wine, it is also widely grown in Italy.  However there is nothing more typical California than Zinfandel, some of the best California growing regions are: Paso Robles, Lodi and Sonoma/Napa.  Lodi is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital producing over 40 percent of the California Zinfandel with vines dating back to the 1880’s.   These old vines produce a distinct color and multi-deminalsional characteristics in a red wine from dark berry flavor that has layers of spice, plum, pepper and vanilla balance by light hit of toasted oak.    Here are some of my recent Zinfandels I have explored:
Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2011; After my first sip I wanted a juicy grilled steak to go with it… rich fruit with a smoothness and zest  that work in harmony.  Predator Zinfandel is from 50+ year old vines from Lodi Appellation, the lady bug you notice on the logo is actually part of their natural and sustainable practices.
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2011; A brilliant and complex wine with supple fruit, hint of spice and light tannin finish.  “Ancient Vines” though not official classification are 80-100 year old Cline Family vines in Contra Costa County.
7 Deadly Zins 2010 Michael David Winery; Grapes from the Lodi Appellations this wine has a juicy berry fruit flavor an appealing presence with soft tannin finish.
Zinfandel pairs well with food from pizza to a good grilled steak…a perfect Father’s Day meal!  Cheers to my father who gave me the love of wine in my blood….Happy Fathers Day!  Denise