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Went to the Lakeshore Trader Joe's today to look for a bottle of Zinfandel to serve with dinner tonight and was pleased to see that they're carrying the 2007 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. At $14.99 a bottle, it's not exactly one of TJ's cheaper offerings, but that's still a markdown from the $19 a bottle you'd pay even if you bought it direct from the winery.

Now, I know next to nothing about wine, but the Dry Creek Vineyard is one of my favorite spots to go for tastings in Healdsberg, and I've loved just about every wine of theirs that I've tried, especially their Zins. Always found them to be great bang for the buck.

When I was checking out, the cashier clued me in on a Howell Mountain Zinfandel that they're now selling, also for $14.99 a bottle (retails for $25 to $30, he said). He said if I like the Dry Creek, I'll love those. I'll be looking to check that out next--curious if anyone has a report.

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  1. You might compare the 2007 Rancho Zabaco, $12.99 at K&L.

    Buying direct from the winery usually means you pay full list price, as they don't want to undercut their wholesale customers.

    1. The Howell Mountain zin is excellent, but I think I remember paying $10.99, not $14.99. It's surprisingly well balanced for its 15.6% alcohol, and yes, the structure does remind you of Dry Creek zins, with light tannins and pleasant fruit.

      1. If you should come across Rosenblum Paso Robles 2007, you should try it.

        1. Tried the $3.99 Trader Joe's "Coastal" label Zinfandel the other day. It actually wasn't half bad.

          1. Saw the 2007 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel for $12.99 today. Three or four bottles left on the shelf at the Lakeshore location.

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            1. re: abstractpoet

              The "Heritage" is actually the favorite Zin of the guy who was working at the Tasting Room when we went to visit back in February. Good stuff but too rich for my store.

              Also, y'all might want to try the 2007 Canard Sauvage Dry Creek Zinfandel ($9.99)
              Big, bold, spicy and delicious

            2. At the Rockridge TJ's, I recently saw both the Bogle Old Vines Zin, and the Cline...Each of them is quite good, and their price point is at or below what you paid for the Dry Creek.

              Check them out.