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Robert Biale

310 Lorton Avenue, Burlingame 94010

Please join us any time between 5pm-8pm on Wednesday, November 6th when we welcome Robert Biale Vineyards to Velvet 48. Biale’s Tasting Room Manager, Pat Jeffries and Assistant Winemaker, George Urquiola, will present a tasting of three of their top Zinfandels and the deep, dark and luscious “Royal Punishers” Petite Sirah. The price for the tasting is $35 and will include two ounce pours of the following wines, alongside light bites from our savory food menu:

2017 Robert Biale “Black Chicken” Zinfandel, Napa Valley - $50

2017 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Old Kraft Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley - $75

2017 Robert Biale Zinfandel, R.W. Moore Vineyard, Coombsville, Napa Valley - $85

2017 Robert Biale “Royal Punishers” Petite Sirah, Napa Valley $60

The Biale family has been growing Zinfandel along with other produce on their Napa Valley farm since 1937. They sold most of their grapes to Napa wineries but always reserved a smaller amount so Aldo Biale could make wine for his family and friends. An enterprising young lad, Aldo started selling his homemade wine and adding it to his local deliveries of eggs and produce. Since the rural family telephone was a party line where other people could listen in, Aldo instructed them to use the code word “Black Chicken” if they wanted to order his jug wine. When Aldo’s son, Robert (Bob), and his childhood friend, Dave, co-founded Robert Biale Vineyards many years later, they named one of their special, limited production Zinfandels, Black Chicken, in a nod to Aldo’s secret name. It remains the most sought after of all the delicious Biale wines produced today so of course we will feature it in the tasting! 

The Biale estate vineyards, including “Aldo’s” planted in 1937 and “The Biale Ranch” planted later (from where most of Black Chicken comes) comprise about 30% of the fruit used in Robert Biale wines. They source the rest at some of Napa and Sonoma’s top Zinfandel sites from which they produce vineyard designated wines as well as different vineyard blends. Robert Biale wines are universally appreciated for their generous fruit yet well balanced, structured style, as well as for the endearing history of the Biale family and the legacy Aldo left to future generations.  

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