Back in December, I posted an enthusiastic article about the new film Dossier Zinfandel, which is definitely one of my two favorite wine movies of 2013 (along with Red Obsession). I lamented at the time that its producers, a Croatian television channel, had no plans to distribute this absolute gem in the U.S.
Well, I was very happy today to see the DVD for sale in Ridge Vineyards' Lytton Springs tasting room (for $15). [A few days later I saw it for sale at Ravenswood, as well.] On the back cover of the DVD it says that Grgich Hills is distributing it in the U.S.
It stars all of the heavy hitters in the Zinfandel universe - wine historian Charles Sullivan (he wrote the book Zinfandel), winemakers Paul Draper (of Ridge) and Joel Peterson (of Ravenswood) who embraced the grape when others had left it for dead, and U. C. geneticist Carole Meredith, one of the heroines of the story of the discovery of Zinfandel's origins. It's a thrilling bit of intense, decades long detective work and a tale well told. Definitely a don't miss.
Come to think of it, it might just make the perfect Father's Day gift, if you're in the market. If you need an excuse.