The ZinBitch from Four Vines Winery and Wine Channel TV in Chicago
Christian Tietje of Four Vines Winery is not your typical winemaker. How many winemakers are nicknamed the “ZinBitch” ? Tietje’s “in your face” passion for making wine, particularly zinfandel, has gotten his wines noticed across the country.
This Paso Robles based Winery started in Tietje’s garage/surf shack and has grown to winning awards such as the Best Syrah at the 2009 Hospice du Rhone Syrah Shoot Out, and consistent 90 pt rated wines as shown on their site.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Tietje at his wine tasting event in Chicago at Blue13. There was a delicious dinner paired with his wines,finishing off with one of my favorites, the velvety, raspberry/chocolate tasting Zinfandel Port.
The labels of his wines fit perfectly with his ZinBitch title, such as Naked Chardonnay, The Biker, Anarchy and Loco, to name a few. In my mind, the wines can be called anything, because they were great…Big, Bold, Hearty Zins, exactly what you would expect from Tietje. I think they would be even better on their own with out the food!
Take a look at WineChannelTV with Tietje to see why he loves coming to the Windy City and sharing his wines here!