Wine of the Month: Zinfandel

 

 

In the heart of winter, there’s nothing better than curling up with a warming glass of red wine, and our Zinfandel is always a seasonal favorite. Whether enjoying a movie on the couch, a dinner party with friends or a romantic date night at home, this wine is a crowd-pleaser you’ll want to keep around!

Rich, brooding and full of lush red fruit flavor, our Zinfandel can definitely stand on its own, though we think it gets even better when paired with some of our favorite winter bites. Hearty beef stew, bolognese sauce or meat-topped pizza are full of savory flavors that complement Zinfandel’s fruity notes. For veggie-lovers, earthy mushrooms can provide a similar flavor profile and work beautifully in place of meat. Of course you can’t end the meal without a bit of dark chocolate, which will bring out this wine’s bright flavors and acidity. We think it’s the perfect way to polish off all that Valentine’s Day chocolate!

Our Zinfandel’s signature bold style is largely a result of its origin in Lodi, California. Since 1850, this region has been producing prestigious wine, and today it’s still known for its full-bodied Zinfandel. Lodi is also California’s largest appellation with over 110,000 acres in wine grape production and over 100 different wine varieties in its portfolio. 

 

 

The region’s warm, Mediterranean climate makes for powerfully-flavored fruit and a lingering finish that will keep you going back for more! In keeping with the vineyard’s dedication to quality and consistency, these grapes were hand harvested, which allows for only the best, ripest grapes to make the cut. Once the fruit makes its way to us on the east coast, it spends about 10 days on the skins to extract that deep ruby color and rich texture before spending 10 months in barrel.

With a wine as juicy and bold as this one, our winemakers will sometimes opt to incorporate additional varietals to achieve the perfect balance of flavor, acidity and structure. Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon are common additions, which offer color, tannin and balancing flavors like herbs, smoke and spice. 

Do you have a favorite Zinfandel pairing? Let us know!