Sobon Estate 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel

You might recall that one of my goals for my blog is to increase my posting frequency from once a week. One of the regular features you can expect going forward is a wine pick of the week, my Winesday post, if you will. My intent is to introduce you to a wine to pair with my recipe of the week. For my first Winesday post, I am really excited to present Sobon Estate 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel.

Sobon Estate is in Amador County, California, which is in the historic gold country of the foothills of the Sierras. The soil in this region is made up of either decomposed granite from the erosion of the Sierra Nevada range or of finely crushed volcanic rock from the Lake Tahoe area, depending on the altitude of the vineyard. Either way, the good drainage and lack of nutrients cause the vines to work hard and send their roots deep into the soil in search of food and water, which stresses the vines and makes for a richer, more deeply flavored Zinfandel.

I discovered this wine at my favorite wine bar, Vie de Boheme and was immediately struck by the fruity, slightly sweet bouquet, reminding me of warm summer days spent picking juicy berries. On the palate, I was impressed with the rich, fruit forward notes of the wine. It bursts with jammy blackberries at first and lingers with a light cocoa finish, likely from the oak barrels it’s aged in.

This Zinfandel pairs perfectly with my Balsamic Raspberry Steak with Goat Cheese, and at under $15 a bottle at retail it’s a real winner. The interplay of berries between the wine and the steak marinade makes for a rich, unforgettable meal. As with anything, enjoy both in moderation to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Get the recipe here and give it a try tonight!

Sobon Estate 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel

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Colleen Fields is a food enthusiast and healthy lifestyle convert who has married these two interests to create delicious dishes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a single, working mom, Colleen struggled with her weight for years and tried every diet out there without success. When she began her weight loss journey, she realized that her cooking style needed to change. However, Colleen recognized that the only “healthy” cookbooks and television shows available focused on deprivational diets rather than behavioral changes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a result, she began experimenting and creating her own dishes. By eating smarter and moving more, Colleen took back her life and has lost over 100 pounds, going from a size 26W to a size 12, and maintains her weight today. Through her food blog,, and cookbooks Colleen hopes to share her success with others struggling with obesity and demonstrate that a healthy lifestyle is not only obtainable, but it is also sustainable. Follow Colleen on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

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