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You are invited to come down and celebrate Global Zinfandel Day this Friday. From 4pm we’ll have two sample bottles open to showcase this grape varietal.

One will be a Californian Zin from Cline Cellars and the other will be Canaletto Primitivo. It was long thought that Zinfandel was indigenous to California but genetic testing has proved that it is the same grape as Italian Primitivo that is grown mainly in the Puglia region (the heel of Italy).

In the spirit of a “Global” celebration, we invite you to compare wines from the two regions most associated with this varietal.







Bowen Island Cold Beer and Wine

479 Government Road, Bowen Island (under the pub at the crossroads)


Saturday January 30 2pm to 5:30pm

Kicking off our 2010 tasting year with the first in a series of tastings of wines made from grapes that are not in the mainstream like Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay etc.

We will be featuring a selection of less common Italian varietals in this session.With over 350 authorized varietal grapes and another 500+ documented as used in winemaking, Italy is possibly the most diverse wine making country in the world. Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio are familiar Italian names but fantastic value wines in both quality and price come from grapes like Greco di Tufo too.

Join us to sample from the following:



Apulia, SE Italy. Used to make full-bodied and cellar-worthy wines. The wine we will be tasting has potential to mature for another 10 years.


Piedmont, NW Italy. This is the great grape of Barolo. Barolo’s are noted for their ability to age but this one is made for drinking now.


Apulia, SE Italy.  This grape is genetically identical to California’s famous Zinfandel. Primitivo grapes are used for robust pizza wines to superbly rich-tasting almost port-style wines. The wine we will be tasting is in the richer dolce style similar to Amarone.



Sicily. Lots of pear and fruit. This wine is a super value for everyday drinking.


Campania, SW Italy. Medium bodied (like Pinot Grigio), intense nose and long finish

Greco di Tufo

Campania, SW Italy. Straw yellow with crisp minerality and bright vibrancy


Abruzzo, NE Italy. Fragrant and light, ideal as an aperitif

There are a huge number of great websites on Italian grapes and wines. As a starting point, try the ItalianMade Italian Wines site maintained by the Italian Trade Commission in New York.

Looking forward to meeting you all for our first event of the year. Don’t forget to add your comments on the wine to this post after you have tasted!

Paul Rickett

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