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Tickets to the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival start at $70 and are available on the fest's website. The all-inclusive General Admission and VIP ticket includes a crystal souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings of the wines, a variety of gourmet appetizers, cheeses, artisan breads and olive oils. Early Entry VIP tickets allow attendees to arrive one hour earlier than General Admission. You must be 21 to attend.
Barlow Vineyards was purchased by Warren Barlow Smith in 1994 and it's a family affair still today. They were farmers initially, selling the fruit of their labor. They began selling the vinified fruit of their vines at the urging of a previous winemaker.
They made fewer than a hundred cases of this wine and it retails for $35.
The Barlow Calistoga Unfiltered Zinfandel 2012 is a real crowd pleaser, very dark and aromatic. A blackberry and licorice nose gets a savory whiff of smoke and a shot of vanilla on the side. It's had some time in the bottle and it’s getting very smooth and silky as it ages. On the palate, good, dark fruit stands a little on the tart raspberry side. The oak influence shows in a touch of spice and vanilla, but it doesn't overwhelm. The acidity is nice, and the tannins are good. This can pair with a pork chop, but it's a great sipper, too.
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