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In our debut Blog Post at On Zinfandel, we talked about how the Zinfandel world that ZAP covers involves relationships that are getting closer and more interconnected all the time. We asked for your comments, and received some wonderful stories.

Here, ZAP Charter Member Bob Miller becomes our Guest Blogger, with a wonderful and true tale of how his initiation and pursuit of Zinfandel has spanned 30 years.

My Life With Zinfandel

by Guest Blogger, Bob Miller

It all started nearly 30 years ago.

A co-worker of mine at a multinational here on the East Coast was a serious wine aficionado.  I was not.  He had developed his wine chops while in graduate school at Stanford.  He formed a wine tasting group for 12 of us newbies and we started blind tasting various varietals and getting educated.  While on a business trip to California, we took a couple of days to visit Sonoma County where he introduced me to wine country, wine tasting and particularly ZinfandelRead the rest of this entry »

Mike Dashe and Matt Cline prepare for Iron Chefs

ZAP’s Iron Chefs: Mike Dashe and Matt Cline

Did you know that Mike Dashe, co-owner and winemaker of Dashe Cellars, went to enology school at UC Davis with Matt Cline, co-owner and winemaker of Three Wine Company? Years ago, Mike was on a Bay cruise with Matt and Erin Cline (Matt’s wife), hosted by a foil and cork company, where he met his wife. Erin, who is co-owner of Three Wine Company with Matt, has served on the ZAP Board since 2001 and was a founding co-chair of ZAP’s annual Zinfandel Festival Winemakers’ Dinner and Auction , shared this little tidbit with me during Iron Chefs Zin, where Mike and Matt recently got together to compete for bragging rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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