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Expensive wine 57: Ridge York Creek Zinfandel 2009

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Dollar for dollar, the best winery in California may be Ridge Vineyards. This may seem an odd thing for the Wine Curmudgeon to write, given that none of its wines cost less than $25. But Ridge crams value in every wine, and I’ve long admired its commitment to quality and fair pricing.

How well run is Ridge? How about the York Creek ($28, purchased, 15.3%), made in a style that usually makes me hit the wine rant key on the computer. It’s Ridge’s version of a high-scoring Wine Magazine zinfandel, which means lots of alcohol, too much oak, and plenty of sweet black fruit, and in this often tastes more like port than table wine. The difference, of course, is that since it’s a Ridge product, the York Creek has structure, body, and tannins, and tastes like wine and not a novelty act. Look for some very nice herbal notes, too, something that seems almost impossible given all the alcohol.

Very nicely done, and if I didn’t like it as much as Ridge’s Lytton Springs zinfandel (which didn’t seem to be available in Dallas), that’s my preference and not a reflection on the wine. It’s well worth drinking, a prime rib wine for Christmas at about half the price of the Winestream Media’s over-the-top zinfandels.

Winebits 276: Packaging, climate change, Paul Draper

Fetzer goes small: Ever wanted a glass of wine at a baseball game, but weren’t able to buy one? That changed this month when Fetzer introduced what it’s calling Zipz packs – 100 percent recyclable 187ml PET containers (a form of plastic) of wine at several big league baseball stadiums. The Zipz will be available in stores later this year. “Alternative venues” are one of the hot topics in the wine business these days, as producers look for ways to sell wine in places where it hasn’t been sold. I’m skeptical, though, of wine at ball games, and I’m as big a baseball fan as I am a wine drinker. It just doesn’t seem like a good match.

Weather and wine: This piece, from The Raw Story web site, doesn’t mince words: “Can any region continue to grow the exact same varieties and make the exact same style of wines? If what we know today is correct, that is highly unlikely.” The reason is climate change, and it goes into great detail explaining what’s going to happen and why. Grapes, say the experts, are important in understanding how climate change will affect other crops, since the wines are more sensitive to climate than rice, corn and soybeans, which could help researchers figure out how to better adapt these crops to warmer weather.

Well-earned award: Paul Draper, the man behind California’s Ridge Vineyards, has been named the 2013 Winemakers’ Winemaker by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business trade magazine. Ridge has long been one of the world’s great wineries, and has continued to make honest wine when so many others were chasing scores and critical acclaim. Which, not surprisingly, is why he was honored: “an approach that has been characterised by an emphasis on traditional winemaking practices, sustainable agriculture and a sense of place.”

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