PLYMOUTH, Calif., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) pushed to establish National Zinfandel Day in 2010 to recognize Zinfandel's versatility, range of flavors, and many California producers. Renwood Winemaker Joe Shebl couldn't agree more. "There are so many great vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, especially old vine Zinfandel," he says. "I love being able to work with so many of them." This year's National Zinfandel Day falls on Wednesday, November 19.
Zinfandel is California's "heritage" grape variety. There were more than 48,000 acres of Zinfandel planted in the State in 2013 and if winemaker Shebl had his way, there would be even more. He says Zinfandel is a finicky beast that can be graceful and delicate, as well as dense and powerful: "It responds to calculated farming and is superbly enhanced by the judicious use of new French oak."
Renwood Winery creates a dozen distinctive Zinfandels every year, among other varieties. Shebl just released many of his 2012 Zinfandels in time for the holidays, where, he says, he'll be pouring Zinfandel at home because "it's one of the few wines that will satisfy everyone at the table." If he's not in the winery, Shebl is often in the kitchen. The winery promoted Shebl's personal barbecue sauce recipe throughout the summer, and he says, "It's a great recipe to use for barbecuing and tailgating throughout the football season, too." (The recipe can be downloaded from the Renwood website here.)
Renwood will be hosting food and Zinfandel pairings at the winery the week of National Zinfandel Day, and they'll be pouring Shebl's new Zinfandels at ZAP's Zinfandel Experience in San Francisco, January 29-31, 2015. More information at ZAP.com.
Renwood is part of the privately held Blends portfolio. Blends is an international family of wine estates that produces fine wines from some of the most renowned wine regions of the world. The portfolio includes: Renwood and Santino wineries from California's Amador County, California's The Cleaver, Bodega Vistalba, Tomero, and Bodega Argento wineries from Argentina's Mendoza region, Arido from the Maipu District of Argentina, Bodega Garzon of Uruguay, and Montalcino's Podere Brizio and Dievole from the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. For more information, visit www.blendsinc.com.
SOURCE Blends Inc