Kyle Meyer, co-proprietor of the Wine Exchange in Santa Ana, is one of our on-point, resident wine authorities. He’s back with us to discuss old vine wines. You see this designation on a lot of wine labels. There is, unfortunately, no legal definition for “old.” It’s typically 40 to 50 years old. What should the casual wine aficionado know about buying and enjoying old vine wines?
Some grape vines in California can still produce modest clusters of fruit after 125 years. The yields are very small. Locally there are some small clusters of old vine Zinfandel growing in Cucamonga that are farmed.
Warm and dry conditions add to the longevity of grape vines. Overseas The Rhone region of France, Australia, and Spain are well-known for areas of old vine wines.
On Saturday afternoon, June 13th Wine Exchange is hosting their Grand Re-Opening Tasting Alley Party and Project Hope Alliance Community Fundraiser in Santa Ana. The festivities include the outside Tasting Alley Party as well as the in-store, door–busting deals.
For $40, guests will experience upwards of 30 wine tastings as well as a sandwich or burger from local TK Burgers. Proceeds from the Tasting Alley are donated to Share Our Wine Foundation and their direct beneficiary, Project Hope Alliance.