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by Fred McMillin
Death of a Wine
American wine drinkers are weaned on cold, sweet drinks--fruit juice, soda pop, etc. Hence, to satisfy the great American sweet tooth, the wine industry has marked each decade with a new "pop wine," such as White Zinfandel in the 1980s.
...Willie Gluckstern's Wine Avenger
The era of banal White Zinfandel, with its bubble-gum taste, has passed.
...San Francisco Examiner newspaper, 1997
Death of a Wine?
Sounds as though White Zinfandel is doomed. Its era is over. But wait one darn minute. Gladys Horiuchi of California's Wine Institute has sent me some interesting sales numbers...
1997—"There was an astronomical gain to 420,046 tons of Zinfandel crushed this year, a 40% jump over the 1996 crush. Most of it is destined for the production of White Zinfandel, which holds the second largest share of table wine sales (after Chardonnay)."
1998—Supermarket sales of the top California table wines have increased 12%, the largest seller being Chardonnay and second is White Zinfandel, ahead of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and red Zinfandel.
Our Wine of the Day
1999 Montevina White Zinfandel, Amador County
Located in the Sierra Foothills, the Montevina winery is completing a ten million dollar expansion that will increase floor space twelve times. Winemaker Jeff Meyers turns out over a dozen different wines. The biggest volume by far?...his White Zinfandel.
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This page created June 2000