June Region and Wine: Sonoma County Red Zinfandel
World Wine Groups Says...
Since Merlot took a back seat to Cabernet after 2004's Sideways, wine drinkers everywhere have been looking for bold red wines that are different than Cabernet. Zinfandel is best bet for bold red wine drinkers. Often times confused with White Zinfandel (a table wine, jug wine or boxed wine sold at convenience stores) a good red Zinfandel will satisfy any experienced wine drinker’s palette and make fans out of novices.
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Zinfandel pairs like a traditional bold red wine: grilled steak, lamb, gorgonzola cheese, and dark chocolate.
Also pair well with rich, creamy pastas, grilled or rotisserie chicken, and baked Italian dishes like lasagna and canelloni.
About the Wine
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy (Puglia).
Sonoma county has the second-largest Zinfandel-producing land area after San Joaquin. The county contains the warm Dry Creek Valley AVA, known for its juicy Zinfandel with bright fruit, balanced acidity and notes of blackberry, anise and pepper. Dry Creek Valley produces Zinfandels in a variety of styles ranging from the high-alcohol Amador style to balanced spicy wines.
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