Zinfandel Grapes

 1.  Mystery Solved “Mystery grape” used to be zinfandel’s nickname because it’s origins were unknown. DNA fingerprinting has recently confirmed that Italy’s primitivo and crljenak kastelanski, an ancient Croatian variety, are genetically identical to zinfandel grapes. 2. Unique Character Despite this, United States regulations require that zinfandel and primitivo be identified separately on wine labels. …

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Wine and Fruit - a Perfect Pairing!

This year I decided to host a little post New Year’s shin dig for a few friends that I hold near and dear. But I have to admit, as excited as I was to spend quality time with my besties, I was even more thrilled for the opportunity to repurpose some cheap wine that was …

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Crushed is the premiere mobile wine app to power ZAP!

Did you know there are more than 50,000 acres of zinfandel vines planted in the U.S? You can learn more fun facts about zinfandel this month at the premiere wine tasting featuring zinfandel, hosted by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) and powered by yours truly, Crushed Wine App. The Zinfandel Experience is an educational (and FUN!) wine tasting at …

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Top 10 kid-friendly things to do in wine country

  My parents dragged my brother, sister and I to Napa and Sonoma countless times when we were kids. We were bored to tears waiting in tasting rooms and did everything we possibly could to show them our displeasure and speed things along. However, had they taken us to a wine castle, on a 4×4 …

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Santa Barbara wine region produces world class wines!

Santa Barbara wine, ‘Wow!’. We have always known this region on the coast of Southern California to be beautiful and sun-filled with a Mediterranean climate. But Santa Barbara is also producing world class wines! With under 20,000 kilometers of grape vines planted (Napa has 45,000), this smaller wine region is home to mostly chardonnay, pinot …

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Keep the Holiday Buzz Going, Beat The Winter Blues

If you are like us, you are in denial that the holidays are over. Instead of moping around and letting the winter blues set in, we’ve decided to keep that holiday buzz going! Try these five tips to stay in the spirit: 1. Dine mid-week at one of you favorite restaurants.  On a whim, we …

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winter vineyard

With temperatures everywhere dipping and Holiday cheer wearing off, we find ourselves snuggling up by the fire (if you’re lucky enough to have one), catching up on Downton Abbey* (if you pirated the UK version like we did) and preparing to ride out another cozy season of big bold red wines and hearty winter meals. …

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Three ways to know you are drinking champagne wrong

Master Sommelier, Ian Cauble, star of SOMM Documentary and most recently the founder of SommSelect, has some news for you – you’re drinking Champagne wrong! Cauble wants to make sure you don’t make these rookie mistakes during your holiday entertaining. These three great tips will help you get the absolute best experience from your next bottle of bubbly.  With New Year’s …

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holiday wine baskets

Stumped for gift ideas this holiday season?  Food and wine baskets are a great option for friends and family! They’ll love exploring new great wines and you can be there when they pop the bottles and open the snacks!  It’s a win win!  We poured through the great options on Wine.Com to pick out a …

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The Social Wine App, Crushed, Celebrates One Year!

What’s New? Happy 1st Birthday to Crushed Wine App!   Can you believe it’s already been a year since the launch of Crushed Wine App? Neither can we! To celebrate, we’ve launched a new wine blog and got a face lift! We hope you like the new layout and content. We’re even launching guest bloggers starting as early as …

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