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Zin-Phomaniac wins BIG at 2017 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

September 2017

Double Gold – 2015 Zin-Phomaniac “Old Vines” Zinfandel, Lodi

Best Zinfandel – 2015 Zin-Phomaniac “Old Vines” Zinfandel, Lodi

Nothing but GOLD at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition!

January 2017

DOUBLE GOLD- 2014 Zin-Phomaniac “Old Vines”
Zinfandel, Lodi

GOLD- 2014 Zin-Phomaniac “Old Vines” Reserve
Zinfandel, Sonoma

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world!

Wine Enthusiast RAVES about 2014 Zin-Phomaniac

October 2016

Great news, Wine Enthusiast magazine has rated our 2014 Zin-Phomaniac “Old Vines” Zinfandel an outstanding 90 POINTS & has been named “Editor’s Choice”. This will be published in the December 2016 issue. More news to follow!

Los Angeles International Wine Competition – GOLD MEDAL

June 2016

GOLD MEDAL – 91 Points Zinfandel, Reserve, Old Vines, Sonoma County 2012 Gold
SILVER MEDAL Zinfandel, Old Vines, Lodi 2014

Sunset Magazine – “Picking the Best”

June 2016

Wine: 2012 Zin-Phomaniac “Reserve” Zinfandel
Appellation: Sonoma County
Designation: Old Vines
Price: $24.99
Award: Silver

The Reviews are in…

February 2016

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2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winner!

January 2016

We are pleased to announce that our 2012 Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel won the silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Click here to view all the results.

Zinphomaniac Reserve receives 92 Points Gold Medal

December 2015

The votes are in and we are pleased to announce the official results of the 2015 Grand Harvest Awards brought to you by Vineyard & Winery Management. Grand Harvest is committed to the highest standards of competition. Wines were judged from a field of nearly 1500 entries. Judges awarded a total of 48 Best of Class, 44 Double Gold, 183 Gold and 574 Silver medals. All the winners are now posted on our website at! Just click on the Grand Harvest Logo on the homepage to access this year’s award-winners. You may also view them on


Zinpho receives “Class Champion”, “Reserve Class Champion”, and Silver Medal designation

December 2015


We are excited to announce the overall results of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ 2016 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition! The 13th annual International Wine Competition judging boasted 2,500 wines from 835 wineries in Texas, across the United States and around the world. Nineteen countries participated in the competition and wines were judged by 20 panels of judges, consisting of local, national, and international wine experts. If any of your wines won a bronze medal or above, those medals will be mailed to you by the end of March to the winery address listed in our database.
You can view the overall results online by accessing the following link: and clicking on International Wine Competition.

Critics Choice 89 Points

October 2015

Critics Choice” 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast, October 2015.

ZIN-phomaniac Reserve scores 92 points

September 2015

World Wine Championships Awards: Gold Medal/ Exceptional

Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and chocolate cherries with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length caramelized beets and carrots, nuts, pepper, and slate finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and well balanced zin that is sure to please.

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ZIN-phomanaic voted Wine of the Week by the Santa Cruz Sentinel

September 2015

Cellars 2013 Lodi Zinfandel, Old Vine, is made by and for zinfandel lovers, who enjoy rich, voluptuous wines. Low tannins, big on fruit flavors, slightly jammy, the old vine grapes deliver big juicy flavors.

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ZIN-Phomaniac Reserve scores Gold!

July 2015

The Beverage Tasting Institute has awarded ZIN-Phomanaic Reserve a Gold Medal/ 92 Points (Exceptional) in the World Wine Championships. “Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of berry custard pie and chocolate cherries with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body… A very tasty and well balanced zin that is sure to please.”

What’s behind the provocative label?

July 2015

Mike Kenton, CEO of OFFbeat Brands, knew what he was doing when he created a sexy wine label and a wine with a sexy name: Zin-Phomaniac.
“I created the name based on the fact zinfandel as a category lends itself to many creative labels. The name signifies a passionate desire for great zinfandel and the provocative imagery reinforces that message.” he said. “My goal was to appeal to the Gen X and Millennial audiences and creative labeling is essential for this group of consumers.
(Generation X have birth dates ranging from 1960s to the early 1980s and Millennials from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.)

The 2013 vintage ($17) behind the label is seductive, flirtatious and delicious. The grapes were grown from some of Lodi’s 35-80-year-old vines. These produce fewer grape clusters and smaller berries that yield intense, brash wines with concentrated color. After aging the wine was blended with pinot noir to add fruit forward flavors and bouquet.
Forceful aromas of plum and cherry with strawberry and spice notes tempt the senses. Anticipation mounts as dark berry and red fruit flavors dance on the palate and linger with vanilla for a long finish.

This bold selection should be paired with bold dishes.

Can’t help falling for Zin-Phomaniac

August 2014

The Washington Post’s wine columnist Dave McIntyre couldn’t help falling for Zin-Phomaniac. Here’s what he had to say in his 8.4.14 column called The Lure of sin zins: “After I stopped gawking… I discovered that the wine was quite good. It hails from Lodi, an area of central California known for its old-vine zinfandels, and features the textbook zin flavors of raspberry and cranberry, with fine texture and concentration.”

Devoted to Zin-Phomaniac

August 2014

The Augusta Chronicle devoted an entire 8.19.14 column to Zin-Phomaniac; reviewer Dennis Sodomka said in part: “I opened the Zin-Phomaniac 2012 with great anticipation…Inky dark in the glass, it opens with aromas of cherry, blackberry and spice. The lush fruit flavors carry over on the palate, mixed with a little vanilla and baking spice. The finish is long and silky. It’s a soft, sexy, fun wine.

Tantalizing & Full-bodied

August 2014

Cost Plus World Market has chosen Zin-Phomaniac – again – as a featured wine! With 260 store locations around the country, it should be easy to satisfy your craving for a tantalizing, full-bodied, old-vine Zinfandel!

Showered with medals

July 2014

Showered with medals, Zin-Phomaniac was anointed with a Double Gold at the prestigious San FranciscoInternational Wine Competition (where our label design also received a Silver), 91 points at the Ultimate Wine Challenge and a Silver at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition!

86 points!

June 2014

Wine Enthusiast awarded Zin-Phomaniac 86 points! “…this Zin offers velvety tannins and smoky fruit and spice…”

Wine of the Week

May 2014

Zin-Phomaniac was named “Wine of the Week” in The Tampa Bay Times. From wine critic Colette Bancroft: “If you’re not already a zinphomaniac, this beautifully structured red likely will convert you. It opens on the nose with really juicy dark berries and a robust spice edge. On the tongue, those berries resolve into sumptuous ripe blackberry and that nice spice edge is still there…the finish is long and satisfying…”

Valentine’s Day Wine

February 2014

A recommended Valentine’s Day wine by “…fruity and lush as well as balanced and proportionate. Sweet and sour red and black cherry characteristics…mellifluous finish which has good length and persistence. This Zinfandel shows off the hedonistic side of the grape with loads of appealing fruit but maintains its decorum and never goes over the top.”

Zin-Phomaniac at Cost Plus World Market!

January 2014

Cost Plus World Markets has chosen Zin-Phomaniac to be its featured wine nationwide during the Valentine’s Day season! Check out your local store, pick up a bottle or two, and cozy up with someone special!

Here’s what they’re saying about Zin-Phomaniac:

January 2014

One Puff & 87 Points
“There is serious heft to this big-bodied wine, and it is so rich that it suggests sweetness at times, but very deep fruit lies at its heart, and its fruit-cake-like richness is hard to resist.”

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

Great Wine News

October 2013

“Zin-Phomaniac pushes the envelope with a plush, full-bodied wine, sexy packaging and titillating back label copy…for Zinfandel lovers who can’t get enough of this seductive and tantalizing varietal.”

Great Wine News


October 2013

“As you would expect Zin-Phomaniac is unabashedly fruity in its undeniable come-hither appeal.”



August 2013

“A textbook, sweet-fruited Zinfandel…”

Under the Grape Tree


August 2013

“…from Lodi, the Zinfandel Capital of the world, Zin-Phomaniac will please the sophisticated and hip palates of Millennials, Gen-Xers and Boomers across the U.S.A.”

Jennifer’s Reviews