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ZD Wines Prepares for 50th Anniversary by Harvesting Fruit for First Sparkling Wine

Posted on August 31, 2015

RUTHERFORD, Calif., August 31, 2015 – ZD Wines, located on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, has announced they are making their first sparkling wine in anticipation of their upcoming 50th anniversary in 2018. Pinot Noir sourced from the winery’s CCOF certified organic Carneros Estate Vineyard was harvested Sunday, August 9th at 20 degrees brix for the production of a premiere sparkling wine. The earliest harvest to date in their 47 year history, ZD anticipates releasing the first bottling in time to celebrate the winery’s 50th anniversary on January 1, 2018.

“Making a sparkling wine to celebrate our 50th anniversary made perfect sense. This special bottling will set the tone for celebrating our history while also looking forward to a bright future!” said Robert deLeuze, CEO/Winemaster for ZD Wines.

ZD Winemakers Chris Pisani and Brandon deLeuze are working with consultant Keith Hock, previously Winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards, to help craft the commemorative sparkling wine.

It is particularly appropriate that the first grapes harvested for ZD’s celebratory sparkling wine are from their Carneros Estate Pinot Noir vineyard block which defines their flagship wine, the Founder’s Reserve Pinot Noir. This single-vineyard selection is bottled each year in memory of ZD Wines Founder, Norman deLeuze.

The limited edition bubbly will make its debut at ZD’s 50th anniversary celebration, being held on December 31, 2017 and carrying on throughout 2018.

Today, three generations of the deLeuze Family are continuing to successfully build upon what was started over 47 years ago by Founder Norman deLeuze. By incorporating tradition, sustainability, and innovation into all business practices, ZD Wines is committed to continuing to pursue the art of crafting world-class wines of quality, consistency and style.

About ZD Wines

ZD Wines, family owned and operated by three generations of the deLeuze family, is located in the heart of Napa Valley on the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, Calif. Producing award winning Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay since 1969 and working continuously to perfect the art of blending, ZD is known nationally and internationally for quality, consistency and style. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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