There are thousands of wines that are being produced today all over the world that I will never get to taste in my lifetime. I try to taste as many wines that are new to me as I can every year. I am always hoping to find my new favorite wine.
One of California's best sweet spots for great old-vine Zinfandel is a remote little valley in western Russian River not far from Forestville. The best-known vineyard there is Jackass Hill, which was first planted in 1889 and is notably bottled by Martinelli Winery.
It started with Barolo. It was the first wine that made clear to me not only the sociological, cultural and historical relevance of wine—the way it can teach us about the humanity of a place and time—but also the way it helps us understand, in a simple, profound way our own notions of grace.