Zin from one of the old pros – Wild Thing 2019 Zinfandel

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In a business where winemakers come and go…

quickly and often…

the old pros stand out. 

Carol Shelton is an old pro.


She’s been making wine for over 40 successful years. 

Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker

in the United States. 


Early in her career she made the decision to focus

on a single varietal. 

That varietal…zinfandel.

Basic RGB

It’s Wine Thursday! 


Every Thursday, we feature a good wine

that sells at a reasonable price

and is easy to find at retail and online.


This week, we’re shining the light

on a classic, affordable big bad red. 

That’s “bad” in a good way.





Where it’s from  

While the Carol Shelton winery is based in Santa Rosa, California,

the grapes that go into Wild Thing come from the Cox vineyards

in Medocino County, some 150 miles north of San Francisco. 


What it is

As the name would indicate, Wild Thing is not shy or demure.  

Full-bodied, bold and concentrated, it’s brimming with dark fruit flavors

such as cherry and plum.

While slightly sweet, this is no fruit bomb. 

It’s smooth and structured with pleasing tannins.   


Carol Shelton says, “You are what you drink”. 

Totally agree…and this zin drinks well.    


Where to buy it  

The 2019 Carol Shelton Wild Thing is at Total Wine for $17.99. 

$19.99 is a popular price for this wine. 

It’s $19.99 at Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway and Albertsons. 

Bevmo’s listed price is $25.99. 

You can order it from Stirling for $16.99  


The price at Drink Dispatch is $16.00  


Bottle Barn has it for $16.99  


K & L Wine Merchants sells Wild Thing for $17.95