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Zinfandelabration! (We <3 ZAP)

Even though there's a character limit, we didn't say "Frisco." And why? Because we love and respect that Zin-loving city by the bay. January 31st is the Zinfandel Festival and we encourage you to visit. But first, buy these wines. Maybe you can even get the winemakers to sign them.
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Cesare


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Zinfandelabration! (We <3 ZAP)

Gamba Winery Russian River Zinfandel 2-Pack
$55.99 (Normally $87.92) 36% off List Price
2010 Gamba 'Family Ranches' Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

Chatom Vineyards Calaveras County Zinfandel 6-Pack
$89.99 (Normally $145.30) 38% off List Price
2008 Zinfandel, Calaveras County

Chase Cellars Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel Vertical 3-Pack
$89.99 (Normally $151.30) 41% off List Price
2007 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley
2008 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley
2009 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley

Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel 6-Pack
$99.99 (Normally $158.00) 37% off List Price
2009 Redemption Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

D Cubed Napa Valley/Howell Mountain Zinfandel 3-Pack
$74.99 (Normally $124.25) 40% off List Price
2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
2008 Korte Ranch, St. Helena Zinfandel

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“In the entire world there are only a few sounds that bring joy to all but the most jaded. One is the murmur of a kitten purring. Another is the thwack of a well-pitched baseball hitting a perfectly swung bat. And the third is the pop of a cork being pulled from a bottle of wine.” —George Taber

inkycatz


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Winedavid39 wrote:The annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco is happening January 31st to February 2nd with the Grand Tasting Saturday February 2nd, brought to us by ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers). Here are some fine Zin offers from ZAP member wineries.
I'm just hanging out, really.

deckerbrian


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The Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel pictured is the Redemption while the description on the page states Temptation. Which is it?

jeeperwoot


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why oh why did this have to come after the woot off....

deckerbrian


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jeeperwoot wrote:why oh why did this have to come after the woot off....



They care for neither your wallet nor your liver!

chatomvineyards


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Woot! Chatom Vineyards is in the house, y'all... and we are stoked to be a part of this Zinfandelabration. Let's hear your questions, rants, raves, funny jokes... We love any chance to bug our winemaker. Cheers!

neilfindswine


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chatomvineyards wrote:Woot! Chatom Vineyards is in the house, y'all... and we are stoked to be a part of this Zinfandelabration. Let's hear your questions, rants, raves, funny jokes... We love any chance to bug our winemaker. Cheers!



Welcome Chatom! Thanks for stopping by! Excited to have these great Zin producers on Woot!

I report to winedavid39...
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meanjoeira


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If I could get a mixed case, I'd be all over this, mad wifey be damned. As it is, I'll get something, but much harder to choose. Great stuff here.

redwinefan


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inkycatz wrote:... annual ZAP festival



I was in SF last year at this time, and I went to the grand ZAP tasting. I don't think I've ever been at a crazier wine event. It's so huge, there are so many people, and so many wines, that it wasn't a great environment for tasting in.

On the plus side, all the great Zin makers are there and are usually tasting across their whole range of Zins. So if you go with a plan and push your way in, you can try the Zins you want to try.

Judging by how the crowd looked later in the tasting time period, I'd say a lot of people were there more for the drinking than for the tasting.

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

trifecta


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I am going to be up tasting on W Dry Creek Road tomorrow. Was looking to see if I could stop by Gamba, but it doesn't appear they have a TR. There was no mention on the website about appointments either.

trifecta


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redwinefan wrote:
Judging by how the crowd looked later in the tasting time period, I'd say a lot of people were there more for the drinking than for the tasting.



We tend to avoid these events, even including winter wineland, barrel tasting weekends, etc... for the same reason. Most folks are just there to drink and it gets really annoying. The concentration is nice, but its not worth the pushing and shoving anymore.

Our only exception is Dark and Delicious now, which has also been getting more and more crowded each year. So far it has not suffered from the over imbibing though, at least not that I have noticed.

deckerbrian


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Gamba Video Plus some tasting notes

http://wineriff.com/gamba-09-estate-zin/

Appears this is for the 2009 not the 2010 offered though.

dalematthew


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Good to see Chatom on Woot! They're just up the road from Twisted Oak and very nice folks. I remember they had a broad selection of wines but not the specifics probably due to that fact.

kylemittskus


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It's been a long time since Chase was here. LOVE their PS, love their zins, and glad to see them back!

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

neilfindswine


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deckerbrian wrote:The Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel pictured is the Redemption while the description on the page states Temptation. Which is it?



Redemption. Fixed; apologies.

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deckerbrian


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neilfindswine wrote:Redemption. Fixed; apologies.



Thanks. Neil. Wow.

deckerbrian


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neilfindswine wrote:Redemption. Fixed; apologies.



Thanks. Neil. Wow.

I was asking not criticising. Thanks. I might buy....

rjquillin


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Cesare wrote:Zinfandelabration! (We <3 ZAP)

Gamba Winery Russian River Zinfandel 2-Pack
$55.99 (Normally $87.92) 36% off List Price
2010 Gamba 'Family Ranches' Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

Chatom Vineyards Calaveras County Zinfandel 6-Pack
$89.99 (Normally $145.30) 38% off List Price
2008 Zinfandel, Calaveras County

Chase Cellars Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel Vertical 3-Pack
$89.99 (Normally $151.30) 41% off List Price
2007 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley
2008 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley
2009 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel, Napa Valley

Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zinfandel 6-Pack
$99.99 (Normally $158.00) 37% off List Price
2009 Redemption Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

D Cubed Napa Valley/Howell Mountain Zinfandel 3-Pack
$74.99 (Normally $124.25) 40% off List Price
2007 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
2008 Korte Ranch, St. Helena


lotta stuff, just trying to help out.

CT

CAGrl


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Okay. Anybody have any experiences with any of these wines? I'm curious on some of them. Thanks!

neilfindswine


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deckerbrian wrote:Thanks. Neil. Wow.

I was asking not criticising. Thanks. I might buy....



You're welcome, I didn't think you were criticizing, but wanted to fix it quickly. Enjoy- a whole lotta Zin in the house this week.

I report to winedavid39...
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BlackDrez


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CAGrl wrote:Okay. Anybody have any experiences with any of these wines? I'm curious on some of them. Thanks!



We've had the Alex Valley zin (all 3 of them - Temptation, Sin and Redemption) but not the 2009 yet. We visited the winery while on a short tour out that way a couple years ago and came home with several bottles including the '07 Redemption. It's been over a year since we drank the last one of the Redemptions so I don't have specific recollections but I do recall that we liked all their Zins enough that when we saw the Temp. in the local wine shop we grabbed an extra bottle. If I hadn't just received the Scott Harvey Zin woot I'd probably be grabbing this one.

kylemittskus


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CAGrl wrote:Okay. Anybody have any experiences with any of these wines? I'm curious on some of them. Thanks!



Chase is DELICIOUS.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

CAGrl


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kylemittskus wrote:Chase is DELICIOUS.


I have heard that. That's probably the one I'm mostly on the fence about. I like Scott Harvey's 1869. How does that compare with Chase?

CAGrl


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BlackDrez wrote:We've had the Alex Valley zin (all 3 of them - Temptation, Sin and Redemption) but not the 2009 yet. We visited the winery while on a short tour out that way a couple years ago and came home with several bottles including the '07 Redemption. It's been over a year since we drank the last one of the Redemptions so I don't have specific recollections but I do recall that we liked all their Zins enough that when we saw the Temp. in the local wine shop we grabbed an extra bottle. If I hadn't just received the Scott Harvey Zin woot I'd probably be grabbing this one.


Thanks for that. I'm debating still. Chase is the one I want the most I think but hmmm.

kylemittskus


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CAGrl wrote:I have heard that. That's probably the one I'm mostly on the fence about. I like Scott Harvey's 1869. How does that compare with Chase?



Havent opened an 1869 yet, but I would guess, guess that the chase is more new world. Big, lush fruit with some oak influence that, in the 05, came across as a lovely milk chocolate finish to accompany the big lush cherry. Knowing Scott's style, and particularly, the style of the 1869 (from what I've heard and inferred), it's more restrained.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

threemoons


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Leaning towards the Redemption, which was very nice, but eager to try the Chatom instead.

Any first-hand recs/reviews/second-time buyers?

mike808


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We <3 ZAP

What? No love for Roger?

mike808


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Delete please. Dupe.

nfurlong


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29 posts and not a single review, tasting note or recommondation for any of the wines offered. The silence is speaking volumes to me.

kylemittskus


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nfurlong wrote:29 posts and not a single review, tasting note or recommondation for any of the wines offered. The silence is speaking volumes to me.



You should learn to read....

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

nfurlong


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kylemittskus wrote:You should learn to read....



Of course, Kyle rushes to Woot's defense, without offering any information of value. Thanks for adding so much to the "conversation", Kyle. Please don't offer a review or tasting note or recommendation, or even point out whose post I've missed in the (now 32) posts that have no bearing on whether anyone should buy any of these wines. It would spoil the shutout.

kylemittskus


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nfurlong wrote:Of course, Kyle rushes to Woot's defense, without offering any information of value. Thanks for adding so much to the "conversation", Kyle. Please don't offer a review or tasting note or recommendation, or even point out whose post I've missed in the (now 32) posts that have no bearing on whether anyone should buy any of these wines. It would spoil the shutout.



This entire thread has recs and notes. I recommended the Chase and provided notes for the 05.

BlackDrez recommends the Alex. zins and provides notes.

DaleMatthews likes Chatom.

It's really frustrating having to read for you.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

sdfreedive


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Dang no J Dusi in here. But looks like a tasty bunch. Decisions decisions...

nfurlong


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kylemittskus wrote:This entire thread has recs and notes. I recommended the Chase and provided notes for the 05.

BlackDrez recommends the Alex. zins and provides notes.

DaleMatthews likes Chatom.

It's really frustrating having to read for you.


Really? Let's take a look:

kylemittskus wrote:It's been a long time since Chase was here. LOVE their PS, love their zins, and glad to see them back! ... Chase is DELICIOUS.


Did you even taste the Chase that's being offered here? Evidently not, since you would have said THE Chase is delicious.

dalematthew wrote:Good to see Chatom on Woot! They're just up the road from Twisted Oak and very nice folks. ...


That's your idea of a recommendation, Kyle? I like Chatom too, but it doesn't tell you anything about this particular offering.

BlackDrez wrote:We've had the Alex Valley zin (all 3 of them - Temptation, Sin and Redemption) but not the 2009 yet.


Again. He hasn't had the wine that's being offered here.

When I read a discussion forum whose sole existence is to discuss wines being offered on Woot, I expect to receive some info that can help inform a buy decision for that offering. Usually that happens. But when it doesn't, I admit I sometimes get frustrated. When I pointed out that none of the 29 postings had given any specifics about buying the wines being offered ("I'm glad Chase is here" and "I had wines from a different year" not hitting the mark) it was an attempt, albeit a poor one, to shed light on the purpose for which the forum exists. Your posting "learn to read" merely generated smoke and heat.

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chatomvineyards


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Wooters are feisty. You guys would fit right in at our office.

We may be a bit biased, but we're pretty damn proud of our 2008 Zin. It's rolling in hot off of a Best of Class Gold from the San Diego International Wine Competition and another Gold from Long Beach Grand Cru. Not too bad for the kids from the sticks!

For those unfamiliar with Chatom, we are a small boutique winery in the Sierra Foothills. All twelve of our varietals are estate-grown at our 65 acre vineyard and our wines are handcrafted (not manufactured!) with lots of love! Our wine club members are so spoiled it's ridiculous. If you're considering picking up one of our 6-packs of Zin from Woot and you like us, sign up for our Wine Club. We'll even make you a DEAL! Your first three months in our quarterly wine club membership (including 2 bottles of wine) will be ON US, if you promise to sign up for a minimum of 1 year. Whaddya say? This could be the start of some amazing romances!

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The wine being offered is the 2009 Redemption Zinfandel, not the Temptation Zinfandel. This is the Dry Creek appellation Zin, which is 100% Zinfandel.

dcubedzin


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Hello, I am the Winemaker for D-cubed Cellars. It is exciting to be here for this Zinibration, just before the Zinfandel Festival.

dcubedzin


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redwinefan wrote:I was in SF last year at this time, and I went to the grand ZAP tasting. I don't think I've ever been at a crazier wine event. It's so huge, there are so many people, and so many wines, that it wasn't a great environment for tasting in.

On the plus side, all the great Zin makers are there and are usually tasting across their whole range of Zins. So if you go with a plan and push your way in, you can try the Zins you want to try.

Judging by how the crowd looked later in the tasting time period, I'd say a lot of people were there more for the drinking than for the tasting.



There are a couple of options if the Grand Tasting is not what you enjoy. Epicuria on Thursday evening is smaller and you have a great chance to try some awesome food pairings with Zins. Also if you become a ZAP member you can get into the Grand Tasting a hour before non-members.