Try Zanon Zinfandel's petite sirah at Cameron Mitchell's new restaurant, Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, once it opens.
If you ask Scott Zanon what his passion is, he’ll tell you—flying to Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, and blending the wine he buys from an undisclosed family winery to make 700 cases of zinfandel, sangiovese and petite sirah. Zanon then ships the product back to Ohio and sells it here. The Upper Arlington resident says he doesn’t know of anyone else in Ohio or elsewhere with this kind of “virtual winery” setup. He likes to say it’s “Sonoma County wine with Columbus, Ohio roots.” Zanon Zinfandel is now in its fifth vintage, and it’s offered at some pretty high-profile local restaurants, soon to include one of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ newest concepts, the Del Mar SoCal Kitchen opening in the Short North’s Lincoln building at 711 N. High St. So, how does an Ohio native come to be a purveyor of wine from the 9,000-acre Dry Creek Valley American Viticultural Area? Zanon says having an Italian, wine-making father, working in wine wholesale for years, loving to garden and then owning a business for 18 years selling automated external defibrillators is the right mix.
“It wasn’t like I was just some guy off the street saying, ‘Hey, I want to have my name on a label.’ So I went into it eyes wide open, but with a sense of confidence that I could be successful,” he says.
Other CMR spots where one can sip on Zanon’s wines are both Hudson 29s, The Pearl Short North, The Pearl to be built in Dublin’s Bridge Park, and M. Several local Italian restaurants also offer the wine. Grocery carriers include Whole Foods, Giant Eagle Market District, Weiland’s, Hills Market, Gentile’s and others. It retails for $19.99.