by Fred McMillin
for April 2, 1997

The Blush Gold Rush

Prologue: "More than 10 million cases of white Zinfandel are made each year"...by Prof. John Baxevanis in "The Wine Regions of America"

The Rest of the Story: Light pink (blush) wines sell. In fact, California blush sales exceeded total red wine sales the last time I checked. So, it's hardly suprising that the new line of Blossom Hill wines includes a White Zin. It was made by Fresno State microbiology grad Carol Thorup, who two decades ago took a summer job as a winery lab technician. She fell in love with winemaking then, and her unflagging enthusiasm shows in this blush... attractive color, attractive sugar-acid balance, and a very attractive price, $4. She has carefully crafted seven new wines and I'll bet this one outsells the others. Stay tuned.

1995 White Zinfandel
Blossom Hill Winery
Sonoma County, CA
Winemaker—Carol Thorup

Category: Recommended for All White Zinfandel Fans

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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