by Fred McMillin
for June 9, 1998
Lo and Behold the Pink and Gold
"California Zinfandel: The astronomical gain to 420,046 tons of grapes crushed in 1997 was a 40% jump from the 1996 crush. Zinfandel is the leader in red winegrape tonnage. A majority of the volume is destined for production of White Zinfandel, which holds the second largest share of California table wine sales, after Chardonnay."
...Gladys Horiuchi, The Wine Institute
With that ocean of White Zin out there, which do I recommend? I'll call it, The Pink and the Gold... That is, it's the only pink White Zin I can find that has won five GOLD medals, including a real toughie, the California State Fair Wine Competition. My White Zin fans like the distinct pink color (it's not bronze), the touch of sugar, the pleasing light cherry flavors and most of all, the price...only five dollars.
Barefoot White Zin, California
The wine's back label refers to the winery's other name, Chateau La Foot...we all know of the renowned Bordeaux Chateau Lafite (lah-feet). To make a more direct reference, why doesn't Barefoot use "Chateau La Feet" ? Answer: They did, but the French objected. Hence, the switch to "La Foot." Note: For more about the winery, see the June 13,1997 WineDay article, "Barefoot Cellars."
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