Did you know that Mendocino County was the first place to produce commercial wine grapes (in the 1850s), but it has never had more than a few wineries (eight at the moment)? The Graziano family has been growing grapes and producing wine in Mendocino County since 1918 and Greg is a third generation wine-maker. Their Zinfandel comes from 10 different old vine Zinfandel vineyards scattered throughout the unique rust-colored hillsides of Mendocino County that account for its distinctive style. The blend also contains a dollop of Petite Sirah. A rich, dark purple garnet color, the ’09 vintage offers deep aromas of black cherry, plum and spice with hints of toasty oak. Flavors of plum, black cherry cola and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied Zinfandel a generous mouth-feel. Rich full tannins and balanced acidity lead into a long, lingering finish. For many years these wonderful Zin’s from Mendocino were only on the Zin fanatic’s radar, virtually unknown in the mainstream. Now you get a chance to try one of these gems. A grilled burger with melted gorgonzola in one hand and this Zin in the other is what the good life is all about.