For a wine to be called Zinfandel or any other varietal name, it must contain at least 75% wine from that grape. Historic vineyards that planted Zin with a mix of other grapes for balance can’t use the varietal on their labels.
If the TTB’s John Manfreda has his way, the name on your bottle might mean something totally different, and the label will pack nutritional info, allergen warnings and a list of ingredients. Grapes? We hope.
CALIFORNIA Winter Passport Program and Wine & Crab Taste-Off On passport day, Jan. 19, more than 40 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains -- including some smaller establishments normally closed to visitors -- open their doors for tours and tastes.