Wine Of The Week ♦ Award Winning Zinfandel From Sonoma


Fun fact: this is the 2nd year in a row that Joseph Jewell’s Zinfandel from Grist Vineyard has been named one of the ‘Year’s Best Zinfandels’ by Wine&Spirits Magazine. In fact, their 2012 vintage was a Top-100 Wine, and the highest rated Zinfandel on the list! This zin pairs well with anything you throw on the grill, making now the perfect time to stock up. Only a few hundred cases were produced, so be sure to grab a few before they sell out.

(Fun fact #2: this was the most popular wine on our website in 2016)


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The Full Review

95 Points, “Year’s Best Zinfandels” | Wine & Spirits

“For the third year in a row, Adrian Manspeaker and Micah Wirth’s zin from Grist Vineyard is a spellbinding wine. Planted in 1974, this hillside vineyard isn’t old in the context of California zin, but the vines are mature enough to translate the site’s iron-rich volcanic soil into zinfandel with remarkable purity and sheer exuberance. It’s red plum and floral white peach flavors are so immediate and succulent, you might worry that the wine is going to drip down your chin. There’s a lacy transparency here that’s extraordinary, the tannins structuring the wine without dominating it, somewhere between peach fuzz and fine gravel. The subtle redwood scent seems to catch the vineyard’s hillside environs. It’s a beautiful, zesty California original. Pour it blind for Europhile friends who claim to dislike zin, and watch their faces light up.” – Luke Sykora

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Don’t forget that shipping is only a penny when you order 3 bottles!


Delicious Pairings 

This wine pairs particularly well with these two recipes, and is also an excellent match for barbecue, grilling and pork tenderloin. Is your mouth watering, too?

Grilled Pizza                    Braised Lamb Shank with Rosemary

Grilled Pizza





Grist Vineyard

  • Located in Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
  • 1,000 ft above sea level, atop Bradford Mountain
  • Planted in 1974
  • Red Volcanic soils
  • Receives a lot of direct sunlight








The Winemakers
Micah Joseph Wirth & Adrian Jewell Manspeaker

Micah (right) is the fourth generation in a family of wine pioneers who started helping his winemaker father at work at the age of eight. He studied enology at UC Davis and was Cellar Master during his seven-year stint at Garry Farrell. Adrian (left) grew up in northern California and also took enology and viticulture courses at UC Davis. The two meet while working at different vineyards in 2007, and decided to forge a partnership that has grown into a world-class wine production. They are both serious about their wine (I was a bit nervous the first time I tasted with them in their winery) but are fun loving guys who care about quality above everything else. I even convinced Adrian to talk about the 2011 vintage on camera, which you can check out on the website. We hope you enjoy their handcrafted wines as much as we do – cheers!

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