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.