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!

~:::~

5 comments:

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"