Snakes on a Grape

Medusa—that's a heady name for a winery, but gnarly old grape vines do resemble writhing snakes protruding from a stubborn head. Only the vines have not yet turned into stone, surviving 100 years of dry-farming and hand-picking in the California soil. Several private, small-lot Zinfandel vineyards now yield their magic for Lydia Mondavi and Patricia Hoffman's Medusa Wines. To these proprietors, Medusa symbolizes 100 percent sovereign female wisdom harnessing 100 percent old-vine grapes into rich, concentrated wine of unsurpassed quality and intensity. Come experience this Napa Zin's maiden Dallas pouring at Kitchen 1924, 1924 Abrams Parkway. Medusa Wines' Gina Della Vedova serves hors d'oeuvres and a four-course wine dinner 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $75 per person. Call 214-821-1924 or visit
Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
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Danna Berger