When I think of Sonoma, my thoughts naturally drift off to the great wines that so many of us enjoy. Pinot Noir has become somewhat of a poster child for Sonoma’s red wines -- just think of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley and the first thought that comes to mind may very well be Pinot. (If it’s not, you may want to check out my previous article on Sonoma Pinot Noir.)

But, to be honest, when we’re talking about wine and the topic drifts over to Sonoma County, Pinot is not my first thought. Sonoma Pinot is a relatively new arrival in my worldview of wine. For me, some of the first, and greatest, Sonoma wines were (and are) old vine Zinfandel.

Zinfandel is sort of the ugly stepchild of the wine world. It’s not glamorous and only rarely gets the high scores and big bucks, but it delivers so much that it’s a wine you ignore at your own peril! So, what makes Zin so appealing? Where do I begin!