Tasting Room Talk: Episode 02


EP 02: Kenvin's Zin

Ah, Zinfandel.


Probably the most misunderstood of all grape varietals. From it’s considered non-noble origin to its mistreatment by the bulk producers over the years, Zinfandel has lost some of it’s luster in the fine wine community. The fact of the matter is that it has not been given a fair shot since it’s dark days of the infamous White Zinfandel and jug wine variations in the 1970’s. It unfortunately has never really recovered from its dark days because frankly when Zinfandel is bad, it’s really bad and Zin that is well made is hard to come by. Well, you found it in our 2021 Estate Zinfandel.   


I think our 2021 Zinfandel from the estate exhibits all the characteristics of what a good Zinfandel can be. This vintage expresses itself in a subtle yet elegant manner. Inviting fruit, intriguing barrel nuances and those smoky and savory elements that we have all come to know as a Zenaida characteristic.  It is a predictable wine from our property due to the afternoon breezes and cooler nighttime temperatures that allow for full ripening and cooler climate flavors.


This wine pairs beautifully with anything with “grill marks”. It pairs beautifully with dry rub ingredients like cumin, smoked paprika, coriander and even allspice. I recently had it with salmon I grilled on a cedar plank with a brush of pesto. Delicious. Probably my favorite food to enjoy our Zin with is pork tenderloin, dry rubbed on the grill.


Thank you for taking the time to learn about our 2021 Estate Zinfandel. It's time to rediscover what this grape varietal is truly capable of. Don’t let past misconceptions hold you back from experiencing the elegance and depth our Zinfandel has to offer.


Whether you’re grilling salmon on a cedar plank or savoring a perfectly seasoned pork tenderloin, our Zinfandel will elevate your culinary experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to taste a Zinfandel that breaks the mold and sets a new standard for excellence.


Head to our website now and make this exceptional wine a part of your collection. Rediscover Zinfandel with our 2021 Estate release. Cheers to new beginnings and unforgettable flavors!

To order this wine click here or call us in the tasting room at 805–227–0382.  

Kenvin Williams

Tasting Room Sales Lead