7 Lodi Zin for #ZinDay, #TurkeyDay

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Because you know I’m all about that Zin,
‘Bout that Zin, from Lodi
I’m all ’bout that Zin, ’bout that Zin, from Lodi
I’m all ’bout that Zin, ’bout that Zin, from Lodi
I’m all ’bout that Zin, ’bout that Zin

What do you think I’ll be drinking for Zinfandel Day today? If you guessed Zinfandel from Lodi, you guessed correctly! Yes, Sue and I are going to Cantara Cellars to taste 15-20 wines from Lodi with winemaker Mike Brown who’s family grows grapes in Lodi.

According to ZAP, “All other significant wine varieties have their reference points in Europe, but Zinfandel established its own tradition in California and has become known as America’s Heritage wine. Zinfandel’s history is a classic All-American success story—transforming from a little-known grape into one that has achieved such tremendous popularity that it has grown on more than 50,000 acres in the United States.”

Zinfandel Day gives Zinfandel fans a chance to tell the world about the grape and the wines made from it. Wineries, wine bars, and restaurants host special #ZinDay events like the event at Cantara that Sue and I are going to.

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Harvest a bottle or two of Lodi zinfandel for your fall feast!

Below you will find out more about #ZinfandelDay festivities plus reviews of seven Lodi zinfandel that I’d recommend for this year’s #ZinDay as well as #TurkeyDay! Continue reading

It’s All About That Baste — More Zinfandel! 7 Reasons Why

Sorry Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but for me, Turkey Day is All About That Baste –with More Zinfandel!

National Zinfandel Day MAST 2015

While I am not sure yet what exactly I will be sipping this holiday season (or on Sunday when we will cook turkey and ham and do some sampling!), what I have learned from previous tastings with various wines and holiday meals is that Zinfandel can handle well turkey, ham, and prime rib — and many of the sides.

Seven Reasons Why I Love a Good Zinfandel on Zin Day or any day:

  1. A beautiful garnet or ruby jewel color
  2. A nose full of both floral perfumes (cecil bruner roses!) and fruit — much like walking on a country road in summertime that has
  3. Plentiful brambleberry fruit, perhaps plum, rich and jammy on the palate.
  4. While that fruit might tend towards ripe jamminess, it has lots of spice and that fruit is balanced by a firm backbone from acid.
  5. Nice oak provides structure and aging potential
  6. Old vine zinfandels remind me how to grow old with grace — and offer a taste of the terroir.
  7. Zinfandel is an awesome cocktail AND food wine; many pair exceptionally well with both turkey AND ham.

So in anticipation of Zinfandel Day today, I picked up a bottle of  Bedrock Zinfandel, Continue reading