Jancis Robinson Talks “The Politics of Zin”

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson writes about her recent experience at the “I Am Tribidrag” conference in Split, Croatia. Of course our very own David Gates was in attendance along with American Professor Emerita Carole Meredith and “California’s King of Zinfandel” Joel Peterson. Here is a short excerpt of the article:

“Could the name of a wine grape possibly be political? Very much so, to judge from a recent conference I attended that was provocatively entitled ‘I am Tribidrag’ by its organisers Professors Edi Maletič and Ivan Pejič.

The day-long session of tastings and presentations was held in the Croatian resort of Split, a name that became increasingly apt as the proceedings wore on.

We began reasonably harmoniously with the American Professor Emerita Carole Meredith (seen below with California’s ‘king of Zinfandel’ Joel Peterson on the left and David Gates of Ridge Vineyards on the right) telling the truly gripping story of how she tried to establish the original European identity of the grape that dominated California wine production for over a century

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