If you enjoy a glass of wine while reading a good mystery you’ll appreciate this story. Zinfandel has been in the U.S. since the early 1800s yet no one knew for sure where it originated. Is it related to Primitivo? Finally in 2001, with help from others around the globe, U.C. Davis professor Carole Meredith solved the mystery and in turn helped save the heritage grape from extinction. Carole shares her exhaustive research and discovery with me in this in-depth interview. You’ll also hear about her own vineyard, Lagier Meredith, which sits high atop Mt. Veeder overlooking Napa Valley.

Pour yourself a glass, it’s a good story.



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Adam and Dianna Lee had been fans of Pinot Noir and got the crazy idea to move from Dallas to Russian River Valley to start their own winery. That bold move proved to be a success. Adam tells their story of guts and glory with Siduri Wines.  Together with Dianna’s family they also run Novy Family Wines.



Owner/winemaker Michael Muscardini focuses on Italian varietals but crafts other favorites as well, including a sweet vermouth and grappa. His tasting room is a historic schoolhouse in Kenwood has become quite the gathering place. Learn more about him and his wine here…


Michael Muscardini