One of my very favorite winemakers is Sonoma-based Will Bucklin, who makes wines from grapevines that date back to the founding of his Old Hill Ranch in 1851. The smallish (24-acre) Old Hill Ranch vineyard is a fry-farmed Zinfandel field blend. I’m especially fond of Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Bambino Field Blend 2015 ($19.99), which was made with 81% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Alicante Bouchet, and the remainder a smattering of Syrah, Grenache and Carignane. Plum and cherry flavors combine with intense aromatics in this bold Zinfandel that I found to be a perfect partner for grilled pork chops.
You can meet and chat with the amiable Will Bucklin on Friday, February 23rd when Trio Cottonwood hosts a wine pairing dinner feature Bucklin wines. The dinner kicks off at 6:30 PM and the cost is $35 per person for food and $35 per person for the optional wine pairings. For reservations, call Heather Smith at 801-944-8746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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