Zinfandel: The Red and White Wine


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Zinfandel grapes are planted about ten percent of California vineyards, a variety also known as Primitivo. This black-skinned grape traces its origins to those grown in Croatia and Italy, but this variety has flourished in the United States more than anywhere else in the world.

Total Wine’s Guide to Zinfandel Wines says, “Uniquely American, this exuberant red wine is capable of producing top quality red wines that can rival Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers an array of flavors including black and red fruit, spice, pepper, tar, licorice and wood.Zinfandel [ZIN-fan-dell] is produced in three distinct styles. The first is the fresh and fruity, easy-drinking style that offers charm and balance with light tannins, followed by the medium-bodied, fuller flavored Zinfandels with noticeable spiciness and ripe tannins. This is followed by the big, concentrated and powerful style with intense fruit and unbelievable richness. Zinfandel is exclusively grown in California and is the most widely planted red grape variety…” [Read more…]

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Food and Wine to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Wine and chocolate for valentine's dayWithout argument, Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, and one of the best ways to celebrate it is to combine flowers, food, and wine. When perfectly paired, food and wine make an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a person you consider special. Show you care by investing more than money in your purchase; make it clear your gift was chosen with thought and affection.

Wine and Chocolate. While some believe that chocolate is at best difficult to pair with wine, it is actually possible to come up with some winning combinations. Pairing Wine and Chocolate by wine expert Stacy Slinked posted in About Food has some suggestions regarding this.

  • “White chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavor, making it an ideal candidate for the sweeter styles ofSherry (consider Spain’s rich, full-bodied Pedro Ximénez Sherry), and the sweet, subtle bubbles of Italy’s Moscato d’Asti (check out Saracco’s Moscato d’Asti), or opt for the heady aromas of an Orange Muscat…”

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