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by Fred McMillin
Swing & Sway with This Roh-Zay
This Just In...1955:
The world's first McDonald's hamburger ($0.l5) stand opens at Des Plaines, Ill.
The world's first Colonel Saunders Kentucky Fried Chicken is opened using 60-year-old Harland Saunders "secret blend of herbs and spices."
The world's first Zinfandel Rosé is made by the Pedroncelli Winery in Sonoma County, California. It's still going strong...the 1999 vintage has just been released. Let's see how it's made. Here are the terms.
Free-Run Juice is the grape juice that drains off freshly-crushed grapes without any pressing. It is generally considered superior to the liquid obtained by subsequent pressing, being lower in tannins, etc.
Cold Soak refers to letting the Free-Run Juice stand in stainless steel (inert) tanks at a temperature too low to allow fermentation to start but not too low to prevent the juice from extracting color and good flavors from the bits of grape that came along with the juice.
Cold Fermentation's charm was discovered by University of California enologists some seven decades ago. It is conducted in refrigerated stainless steel tanks at temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It increases the yield of attractive aromas and flavors, as it slows the rate of fermentation. This conversion of grape sugars to ethyl alcohol gives off heat. Thus, if you put grape juice and yeast into a container and let 'er rip, it will warm up into the 8Os and use up all the sugar in three or four days. John Pedroncelli keeps his cool, fermentation goes on for two weeks, and there still is a little unconverted sugar in the new wine.
So now we can understand John's description of making man's first Zin Rosé. "The Free-Run Juice is given a 14-hour Cold Soak. Then it is transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where Cold Fermentaiton took 15 days. This produced zesty aromas and flavors reminiscent of strawberry and raspberry. [As I pulled the cork on the 1999—before chilling— there was a marvelous surge of strawberry...look for it..]"
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Our Wine of the Day
Pedroncelli Zinfandel Rosé, 1999
What was being used to sing the praises of that first Zin Rosé in 1955? These were the big hits: "Rock Around the Clock", "Sixteen Tons", and "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
08/17/00—The New Babylonian Times
08/16/00—Take A Chance
08/15/00—Big Butter Bombs
08/14/00—Norton's Number One
08/11/00—Win with Wyndham
08/09/00—Stir the Lees, If You Please
08/08/00—A Shark Attack
08/07/00—From Spuds to Buds
08/04/00—High Noon At Continental Air
08/03/00—When Harveys Went Kablooey
08/02/00—A Beautiful Story
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