Bear Creek Winery was founded in 1934 as a cooperative. In 1997 it was acquired by the Kautz family who completely renovated the winery to make it a state of the art facility to meet contemporary demand. From grape supply to wine processing services, Bear Creek is recognized as the preferred outsourcing partner for many of the world’s leading beverage alcohol companies and brand owners. Today, Bear Creek Winery has grown to become the 8th largest family owned U.S. grape grower and winery operation and has earned a reputation as one of the premier custom wine producers in California.
After the Zinfandel grapes are harvested, a “cap and drain” method is used which allows the wine to be in contact with the skins for 6 hours before pressing. It gives the wine a darker colour as well as extracting a greater amount of fruit flavours which is evident in the ripe watermelon, strawberry and cherry that is experienced on the palate. This wine has a balance of floral character, sweetness and crisp acidity.
Pepperoni Pizza or a Hamburger with pickled relish and yellow mustard. Or scallops over linguini is also a good match.