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ZAP Chicago tonight - can't misses?

Any must-tastes on this list? Or definite skips? Of course your reasons for saying so would be helpful, too. Thanks!

Alexander Valley Vineyards
Artezin Wines
Bonterra Vineyards
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
Cardinal Zin
Carol Shelton Wines
D-Cubed Cellars
Dogwood Cellars
Edmeades Winery
Esterlina Vineyards/Everett Ridge
Four Vines Winery
Fritz Winery
Gnarly Head Cellars
Ironstone Vineyards
John Tyler
Klinker Brick Winery
Mariah Vineyards
Medusa Wines
Meeker Vineyard
Moss Creek Winery
Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon Winery
R & B Cellars
Rancho Zabaco Winery
Ravenswood
Renwood Winery
Ridge Vineyards
Rosenblum Cellars
Starlite Vineyards
Starry Night Winery
Storrs Winery & Vineyards
Trentadue Winery
Trinitas Cellars
XYZin

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  1. My favorites off this list are:

    ***** Carol Shelton Wines
    **** D-Cubed Cellars
    **** Meeker Vineyard
    **** Renwood Winery
    ***** Ridge Vineyards
    ***** Rosenblum Cellars
    ***** Storrs Winery & Vineyards
    **** Trentadue Winery

    Of the others, I'd certainly be sure to try

    C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery
    Cardinal Zin
    Edmeades Winery
    Fritz Winery
    Gnarly Head Cellars
    Ironstone Vineyards
    Peachy Canyon Winery
    Rancho Zabaco Winery
    Ravenswood
    XYZin

    Most of the others, honestly, I've either never hear of or never tasted.

    Cheers,
    Jason

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    1. re: zin1953

      Thanks - Carol Shelton was at a local wine shop Saturday doing a tasting. Loved it - joined her club!

      Looking forward to some good stuff tonight.

    2. Many on Jason's list would appear on my list too.

      I would be curious to taste more Trinitas wines. Recently had the 2004 Old Vine Cuvee- it was a blend of five or six wines with zin one of the larger percentages. Thought it was very food friendly (we had grilled lamb with it).

      1. I have had and liked ->
        Carol Shelton
        Edmeades
        Peachy Canyon
        Rancho Zabaco
        Ravenswood (sometimes)
        Ridge
        Rosenblum

        Ravenswood had a few years where quality had really declined but they seem to be getting their mojo back.

        1. Ridge would be my first stop, then Peachy Canyon. Love their "Jester" red blend. Great wine for the money! Other than that, nothing I would really go out of my way for, I'd just start sampling! -mJ

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          1. re: njfoodies

            Just out of curiousity . . . how many of them have you previously tried?

            1. re: zin1953

              In looking at the list, only 15 that I know for sure. But if it were me, I would definitely hit Ridge first, and I would be sure to give everything a try that I could squeeze in! I'm all about tasting! Especially if I'm not driving! -mJ

              1. re: njfoodies

                Ah, just wondering . . . when you wrote, "Other than that (Ridge & Peachy Canyon), nothing I would really go out of my way for . . . ", I thought you left out a number of excellent Zin producers. But that's just me -- YMMV.

          2. My $.02:

            Ridge
            Meeker
            Opolo
            Fritz
            Rosenblum (if they're pouring Monte Rosso Vyd., you MUST try it)
            Ravenswood (single vineyard bottlings- Teldeschi for one))
            Storrs
            Rancho Zabaco
            Four Vines
            Bonterra (decent organic wines)

            Haven't heard of a third of them, but look for the crowded booths.

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            1. re: Midlife

              Quick self-edit: Bonterra uses organic fruit, but they do add sulfites, so they're not truly 'organic wines''. Just thought I'd correct that before someone else does.