VinoWeek Episode 11 - It's Fire Season in California

California is in the midst of a four year severe drought and the latest visual evidence can be seen in Lake County, where the Rocky wildfire has consumed over 22,000 acres, the largest of about two dozen fires burning around the state.  If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas here it is.  The VinGardeValise is a 'rolling hard shell suitcase lined with high-density, temperature-regulating foam that protects bottles while in transit'.  This year Trinchero Family Estates is celebrating the forty year anniversary of the first release of its White Zinfandel.  Who drinks White Zinfandel?  We do.  Since its inception Trinchero has sold $6 billion worth of White Zinfandel.  The article by Andrew Adams features a birds eye of Trinchero's new Lodi facility that is mind blowing.  Ever wonder when's the right time to pop the cork on some of those fine Italian wines you have resting in your cellar?  Kerin O'Keefe pens a wonderful piece outlining some general guidelines when deciding when to open those special bottles.  In a piece for the Business Insider, Peter Spande offers 11 tips for planning your next visit to wine country.  He nails it and it's a must read.  We discuss these topics and more on this weeks' addition of VinoWeek.  If you like what you hear tell a friend.  Cheers!