Sunday, February 12, 2006

Howard Zinfandel

So a State Sen wants make Zinfandel the official state wine of California. On the one hand, Zin does have fairly strong roots in California. On the other, when its skin is removed it produces the fruit juice known as white zinfandel. Any true lover of wine would not give any official designation to that abomination of wine. Therefore, I am torn. Frankly I think there's room for the Cal legislature to be a bit obnoxious about all this by designating something like the Syrah as the official state wine in an effort to piss off Aussie and French winemakers.

Or Sen. Migden can devote her time to the revokation of the charter for the City of Vernon. (LA Times story here. De Novo post here. Drum's summary here).


Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

I'm okay with zin being designated the offical wine (taking for granted that the designation of an official wine is something that should even concern the legislature). As you allude, there are several regions throughout California that produce some of the best zinfandels around. To address your point about white zin, no one who cares about wine even makes an association with that concoction when they hear the word "zinfandel," so I don't think that the designation would be perceived as an endorsement of Sutter Home or Franzia. And anyone who does think that's what "zinfandel" refers to can smugly kick back with their box of wine tonight. So in a way, we'd all be winners.

2/12/2006 4:56 PM  
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2/13/2006 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the wine world Zin = California. Without that nasty white zin from back in the day we wouldn't have all those great "ancient vines" that produce the great Zins we have today. Without nasty white Zin (and it is nasty), the California wine industry would be in a whole different place. I endorse Zin as the official California Wine!

2/13/2006 9:13 PM  

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