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by Fred McMillin
for November 27, 1997
A Thanksgiving Sure Thing
The Carneros Connection
ZD is a pioneer of Carneros Pinot. They produced a Carneros Pinot the year they were bonded (1969). The label read "From Grapes Grown in the Carneros Region of Napa." That was the first label to so recognize the Carneros district 12 years before it became an officially-designated appellation. They have made a Carneros Pinot every year since, and you can taste the experience...it's the first grape harvested...ZD developed a mechanical device so the skin cap can be punched down every six hours around the clock during fermentation...and then it's off to 1-1/2 years in French oak.
Postscript: About Mr. Trager's fine book, he notes that around the time the Pilgrims were enjoying those first Thanksgiving celebrations, there was an interesting gastronomic experiment in England. Philosopher-scientist Sir Francis Bacon published a work on the idea of freezing chickens by stuffing them with snow. Sadly, in the process he contracted pneumonia and died, as did the study, titled "Touching the Conservation of Bodies."
Note: for more about ZD Wines see WineDay, February 13, 1997
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