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Who Makes the Best Zinfandel?
California vs Washington C
Presented by VinCru of Seattle
November 14

Washington Zinfandel
“A relative newcomer in any volume in Washington, but some of the oldest plantings of any kind in the Columbia Valley, are actually Zindandel vines in the Columbia Gorge that are roughly a century old.  Not as ripe and lush as old vines in the hotter part of California, Washington’s versions have the same bramble and blackberry notes, but in a more elegant style.”
California Zinfandel
“The best California Zinfandel tends to be grown from very carefully tended old vines grown in the Sierras or in Dry Creek Valley although there are pockets of great vines elsewhere.  Ridge Vinyards is probably the loingest serving exponent of fine Zin, although various other producers, most of whom spookily have names which begin with R (Ravenswood, Renwood, Rosenblum, for example) have also carved out a reputation for their renditions of this California variety.” 

How do the Zinfandels (and their cousin Primativo) of California and Washington compare?  It’s a worthy question.  So, we will have an award-winning winery from each region to taste for ourselves! 

From California:  We have Renwood Winery, the 2018 Sierra Foothills Winery of the Year.  Founded in 1993, Renwood produces their Zinfandels from historic old vines.           
From Washington:   We have Thurston Wolfe, the 2012 Winery of the Year per Winepress NW.  Founded in 1987, TW produces their Zinfandels from Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley.

So, who makes the best???  Come taste these wines and decide!
Renwood 2012 The Cleaver
Thurston Wolfe 2015 JTW’s Red Blend
Renwood 2015 Fiddletown Zinfandel
Thurston Wolfe 2015 Primativo
Thurston Wolfe 2015 Zinfandel
Renwood 2015 Grandpere Zinfandel

Our guest presenter is Jeff Peda, owner of VinCru of Seattle.  Jeff knows these wineries well and has selected some great wines for our tasting comparison.

In addition, our welcome wine will also be a Zinfandel produced by our own winemaker and grower Norm Banks.  Norm’s Zinfandel was a blind taste winner in a social held by the CWES board.
You will taste 7 premium wines (1 welcome wine, and 6 program wines) along with 4 gourmet food bites.  Bring 2 wine glasses for comparative tasting.  

This education program price is $40 and $30 for society members.  Annual society membership is just $35.  Pay at the door in cash, check or credit card.

Reserve your spot by Saturday, November 14 at [email protected]!


To reserve space, please send email to:

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Be sure to list the name of each attendee and the event you wish to attend.

You can also call Steve and Katherine Shelton at 360-696-4498 to make reservations.    

​See you there!  Cheers!

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