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The term “old vines” appears on many wine labels, most often on Zinfandel.  So, I wondered what qualifies a wine as “old vine”?  I checked the Wine Institute, Family Winemakers of California and other “official” organizations only to find that the term is unregulated.  Our Featured Wine of the Week is an old vine zinfandel with rootstock planted in 1906.  My guess is any plant that is over 100 years old qualifies!  Check out our latest discounted wine of the week!

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This is the first time Ketcham Estates has offered their wine outside of their mailing list allocations, and we are proud to offer it for a limited, one-time only sale.

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$38 each – $32.50 for 6 or more – 2 free passes to Pinot Days 2010 ($100 value) when you purchase a case. Order here

Michael Browne, (Wine Spectator has anointed him, ‘The Prince of Pinot’) from the famed Kosta Browne winery is the winemaker for this wine. Perfect for food pairings during the holidays, this wine will also make a special gift.

Special Discounts – Receive 15% off for a 6-pack purchase. Receive 15% off and 2 free passes to the Grand Festival of Pinot Days 2010 ($100 value) when you purchase a case. You may choose the location:

  • Los Angeles – January 2010
  • San Francisco – June 2010
  • Chicago – November 2010

Our tasting Notes:

Our tasting notes include sight, aromatics and palate. For more information, see our Tasting Techniques

  • Sight: This wine is clear, dark ruby red in color with a slight strawberry color rim variation. Big, slow teardrops with no color.
  • Aromatics: Light red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry.
  • Palate: Smooth and medium round texture. Fresh red fruit flavors of strawberry, raspberry with a bit or cedar and Dutch cocoa.

Food and wine

We suggest you pair the 2007 Pinot Noir with Coq au Vin.

Click here to find out more about this wine

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This week, Indie Winemakers is offering a special old vine Zinfandel (planted around 1902) at a third off retail prices. Better yet, these prices include all shipping fees for those who have California shipping addresses.

The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley has been producing award wining wines for 3 decades. You can judge for yourself why wine professionals have listed Fanucchi Vineyards wines Consistently Excellent (wine & Spirits Magazine), Insider Favorite of Californias top 75 Wines (Food & wine Magazine) & highly sought after by those in the know. (Master sommelier Catherine Fallis: Great Wines You Can Buy Online).

This Zinfandel has some punch! This is a concentrated full bodied Zinfandel but is still balanced in the old world tradition. It is loaded with ripe black berry fruit, smooth tannins, black pepper and a complexity that just keeps on going! Well crafted and drinking nicely now, it should hold it’s flavor and continue to round-out over the next 3-5 years.

The 04 Old Vine Zinfandel can be paired with a spicy Goulash. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.

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Russian River Passport is an annual event showcasing the wineries, vineyards and exceptional beauty of Russian River Valley . There are over 150 wineries and 300 growers in the Russian River Valley , producing a variety of world class wines to please any wine lover.  Indie Winemakers’ staff attended to search for new, small-lot artesian wineries and to catch-up with some of the better known brands to see what’s been cookin at their estates.

Wineries up and down Russian River Valley, many of whom are not open to the public showcase their wine at this event.   Each winery offers special foods they select to complement their wines.  Some locations had live entertainment as well.
Arista Winery – paired Pinot Noir and grilled local lamb skewers with summer vegetables.
De La Montanya Winery & Vineyard – BBQ with live music with 2007 Pinot Noir right from the barrel. Also, a Reserve Pinot Noir Bar with 6, 2006 single vineyard Pinot Noirs.
De Loach Vineyards – the entire line of fine Russian River Wines, along with Laura Chenel’s Chevre, Fresh Goats Milk Log, a lovely cheese with both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, Bellwhether Farms Carmody, a great match with Pinot Noir, and Joe Matos Cheese Factory “St. George” Portuguese style white Cheddar Cheese, delicious with both Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, Vella Pepper Jack, and an Oregon Cabot, and artisan breads from Cousteaux bakery.
C. Donatiello Winery – Pinot Noir and Acoustic Blues. Wines were paired with food samples from Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu restaurant. Barrel tastings of the 2007 vintage of Russian River Pinot Noir as well as 2007 Christie Vineyard Chardonnay.
Harvest Moon Estate & Winery – stuffed mushrooms, mango prawns, BBQ grilled tri-tip, and live music along with barrel tastings of 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir & 2007 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel.
Matrix Winery – local breads and products of Sonoma County along with vintage Bordeaux Blends, Pinot and Chardonnay.
Moshin Vineyard – grilled to order Pinot pairings with the Bar-Bie.
Pellegrini/Olivet Lane Vineyard – gourmet food and wine pairings featuring local artisan cheeses, charcuterie and special pasta.
Russian Hill Estate Winery – Spanish paella cooked in the open air with fresh ingredients foraged from the sea. Paired with Pinot Noir and Patio Pink, our Rose of Pinot noir.
Russian River Vineyards — many wineries set-up camp at Russian River Vineyards in forestville for a Santa Maria style BBQ. Additional wineries included: Aubin Cellars, Dovetail Winery, David Noyes Winery, Kasuari, T.R. Elliott, Macrae Family Winery, Martin Ray Winery, Mietz Cellars and Olson Ogden.
Suncé Winery & Vineyard – Pulled Pork over homemade rolls and/or Beef Brisket and other fixin’s. Served with all their wines.
Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery – 10 of their winery partners poured their Windsor Oaks Bottlings at their promontory point overlooking their 720 acre ranch. Truffled mushroom soup and fire-roasted pork, and artisan chocolate tibits. Additional wineries included: Amphora Winery, Anthill Farms Winery, Dovetail Winery, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Eric/Kent Wine Cellars, jcole Wines, Kokomo Winery, Russian Hill Estate Winery and Terremoto Cellars.

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