These old-vine Zinfandel grapes are taken entirely from gnarly, head-trained vines in the Watts Vineyard. This vintage has been aged for one year in stainless steel, maturing the wine yet preserving the fruit's essence. The result is a full-bodied wine with soft tannin and rich mouth feel. Classic Zinfandel notes of berry, tea and plum combine with soft smoky tones. This Zinfandel is Certified Sustainable by Lodi Rules Protected Harvest.
Baron Herzog Winery
Tucked away amongst the strawberry fields and row crops of industrial Oxnard lies Herzog Wine Cellars. Headed by winemaker Joe Hurliman, the winery combines the future of high-quality California wines with the stringencies of kosher supervision, and the Herzog family heritage of perfection.
These three elements have produced unique wines that are being noticed in the kosher and non-kosher communities. As a kosher wine, Baron Herzog allows kosher consumers a first-time-ever opportunity to enjoy elegant California varietals such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. For the non-kosher consumers, Baron Herzog offers a high quality, award-winning wine that presents quality and craft.
Visitors to the winery may take a self-guided tour of the facility, which showcases the winemaking process from start to finish. Guests will also find unique and artisan food and gift products in their boutique, or may taste a flight of Herzog's award-winning California wines at the tasting bar.
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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA
, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA
, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA
, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Ordered this wine before and found it exceptional, nose as rich and satisfying as wine itself. Ordered as Christmas gifts for myself and others, SO disappointed to open my bottle and not enjoy it (corked?), hope the bottles I gave as gifts are better.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.