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Food Pairings: This wine pairs with foods like lamb or sweet and sour pork.

Description: A red wine for people who love sweet wines. A pomegranate/raspberry bouquet and a peachy mist, with long, lingering fruit flavors and a neon color. As a sweet red wine, Zinetta breaks every red wine stereotype. Favorite of Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee wine writer. When we introduced Zinetta in 1994, there was nothing like it.

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By Jack Mitchell, Publisher
Amador Ledger-Dispatch

At the crack of dawn, Jim Spinetta makes his way to the family owned Charles Spinetta Winery, and begins his second week of harvest.

“For the next three weeks we work seven days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day,” said Spinetta. “If I’m not here working, I’m at home thinking about the next day.”

While the weather is a bit brisk in the early morning, the processing area for the Zinetta is kept even cooler at around 50 degrees. “It’s an interesting year for grapes — they are smaller from a cold spring and some bud differentiation — we’re seeing some shatter on the grapes caused by rain,” Spinetta said. “Most wineries are down thirty to forty percent on their crops, some even higher.”

Wine enthusiasts need not worry, however. The smaller grapes will provide more color, and processing will yield darker, intensely flavorful wine. With certainly a multitude of factors going into the making of wine, the Zinetta that was being processed on Monday morning provided a good educational experience on the winemaking process.
Jim Spinetta begins his second week of harvest at the family-owned Charles Spinetta Winery in Plymouth. Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Article reprinted with permission.
Copyright 2011 Amador Ledger-Dispatch
“We intentionally utilize a colder, slower fermentation process with the Zinetta,” said Spinetta. “From the thousand pound bins, we use gentle crushing methods and chilled tanks for soft fermentation. The material inside our bladder press is even softer than the material that makes up the impellers in our pumps. We press up to twenty tons in each press load.”

Many changes and advances have been introduced to the wine industry in the past ten years. Filtering systems now get down to .5 microns at Spinetta — even a cross flow filtering system that provides two filtrations at once. “With the right batch we can filter up to 1,600 gallons an hour,” Spinetta said.

Even with the changes and the excitement of another harvest season, one item that has not changed is being a steward of the land. “The stems collected in the winemaking process are actually used to feed not only the deer and other natural habitat in the area, but to our cows as well,” Spinetta said. “The cows come running when they see us drive up with an orange bin — they love it. We love it too, as giving back to the land and the area we have come to love, generation after generation makes Amador County a special place to call home.”

While Fun and Yummy brands of Spinetta have been sold out, the new vintage will be available mid-to-late November. “My mother Laura, came up with the name Zinetta,” said Spinetta. “And our Fun and Yummy brands continue to grow in popularity year after year. We’re looking forward to this year’s wines.”
Zinetta Wins Top Honors at the 2010 Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi sponsored by the Lodi Tokay Rotary Club.

Touted as the most unique, relevant and extraordinary wine assessment and awards event ever, the 2010 Consumer Wine Awards took place in Lodi, California, and was open to wines of every region, grape variety, type, and style from around the world. The results of the panel of 90 consumer judges and a team of 120 volunteers were derived from a new judging methodology that gives a new realism to the awarding of wines.

From all this, the "Fun and Yummy" Zinetta, a sweet red zinfandel, won the topmost award of the show: The Vino Farms Trophy - Best Sustainably Grown. We thank all of you for this recognition – over 155 years of agribusiness locally shows our efforts to sustain for future generations. The Zinetta received a score of 96 points, much higher than the vast majority of wines judged from all classes, and took a Platinum Medal (higher than Gold) – of which only eight were given, and even better, it came from our ranch in Amador County. The "Fun and Yummy" Chenin Blanc also received a Gold Medal - thanks again!
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