Thursday, September 08, 2005

Be American, drink American!

The rise and fall and rise of Zin, in the San Francisco Chronicle, is a nice article about a variety that has not always been popular with the wine drinkers.
-- When Prohibition ended, most Americans celebrated with liquor, not wine. Cocktail parties were the fashion. Wineries sold their old inventory of oxidized Zinfandel and that destroyed the grape's reputation overnight. It was widely derided by East Coast-based writers; its lack of the French noble heritage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir didn't help.