Friday, July 25, 2008

Mitchell Katz Zinfandel

Another all-time favorite from a local winery.

Mitchell Katz 05 Zinfandel

I hear you. You're saying,

"Wine?! On Friday morning?! Um..... do you need help??"

This bottle was actually consumed last weekend, but I have to share this winery and particular bottle with you.

Mitchell Katz Winery is located in Livermore Valley wine country, about one hour south-east of San Francisco and a 40-minute drive from my home. Before getting married NH and I spent 4 months living about 10 minutes away! Livermore is a wonderful alternative to Napa or Santa Cruz wine country; tasting fees are greatly reduced, and you don't have to worry about driving through the mountains.

Mitchell Katz has been around for 10 years, and is a family-owned and operated business. They are located in a gorgeously renovated warehouse building on the property of the Palm Event Center. More often than not we see Mr. Katz himself walking through the tasting room.

We seriously haven't tried a Mitchell Katz wine we don't like. This winemaker has a cheeky sense of humor too. Try the 2004 'Fatboy,' a full-boded Cabernet Sauvignon. Oh, and did you get a good look at the cork in the photo above?

Mitchell Katz label and cork


Love this cork

This 2005 Livermore Valley Zinfandel won the silver medal in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It has a pleasant warming quality and a smooth sweetness. It pairs wonderfully with many foods- truly, it's very versatile. We drank it with homemade grilled pizza one week ago- delicious!

If you are unable to visit the winery itself, you can order their wines on their website. Check it out!

Have a fun Friday night!

Cin Cin!



Tina said...

Oooh, sounds wonderful! Love the cork!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, that winery sounds amazing!!

Anonymous said...

i live in ruby hill so i know what you're talking about :)

Erica said...

I use to live right near there in Pleasanton. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Norm Schoen said...

Have you guys been to ZAP in San Francisco (January). If not your should go. It is a huge non-snooty Zinfandel festival at Ft. Mason.
Love the cork. Have you seen the bottles from Frogs Leap that have a note at the bottom of the wine label that says:"Open other end"