We recently visited the West Coast over Memorial Day weekend where we went to explore the wine treasures of Santa Cruz – a true hidden gem for great wineries with amazing views. A little more casual than your big boy Sonoma and Napa estates however, nonetheless still treasures on the vine.
We brought back this wonderful red drinking wine perfect for a Sunday BBQ in the city. Poizin, made in Sonoma at Armida Winery, but has a tasting room in Capitola overlooks the beach and water and is this week’s wine of choice for Winepug Wednesday! Such a true Zinfandel (don’t you love the play on words) driven by loads of fruit, spice, and a smooth yet soft finish makes this wine the “wine to die for”. Not only can you sip on this for hours, it’s also a great conversation starter from the skull artwork on the bottle to the fun anecdotal tale on the back. So, what’s your Poizin?
“As she stands in the clearing the cold wind dances through the trees, swirling her golden mane over her diaphanous silken black gown. The full moon melts into the paleness of her skin. As she stirs the cauldron of Zinfandel she chants an other worldly incantation. From vials as old as the echoes of time she adds minute pinches of her ancestry. Her slender fingers rub together as the grains fall, releasing their magic as they touch the fermenting must. On her face is the look of both good and evil, of love and hate, of life and sex and all that stirs you. What is this unearthly potion? It is Poizin, the wine to die for.”