Many of us may have eaten boysenberry without knowing it, or at least us on the West Coast. Some crazy guy named Charles Boysen crossed blackberries, raspberries and loganberries together to make this delicious berry that looked like a large blackberry. Knott, of Knotts Berry Farm took over but named it the Boysenberry after its originator.
Regarding the Hawley 2016 Old Vine Zin, boysenberry is maybe a quick descriptor for that flavor you would get when biting into a homemade mixed berry pie… A little bit of tart raspberry, juicy blackberry, dark and bright mixed together… Yum.
Boysenberry jam was a staple in our '50s California household… and I remember fondly a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm as a side trip on our ‘56 visit to the then relatively new Disneyland… One of the ‘rides’ was an activity panning for gold. I think it cost $0.50. I remember it because there was some consternation when I came up with something like half an ounce of gold flakes and nuggets. I kept the little vial with the gold in some water. Found it decades later when I cleaned out my parents’ house after my Mom died and sold it to a local jeweler for several hundred dollars…