What should you pour on Thanksgiving to pair with turkey, ham, or prime rib?
I say Old Vine ZINFANDEL!
(Although I must admit after tasting these three Beaujolais with coq a vin I was reminded how well that works too!)
Last Wednesday, on Zinfandel Day 2017, Sue, John, and I tasted FOUR old vine or ancient vine zinfandel: three from Lodi as part of a Facebook live event and one from Mendocino; all four were samples sent for our review consideration. Two of them should be easy to find in your nearby supermarket! Plus I tasted a blend that features Lodi and Mendocino old and ancient vines fruit that has been aged in bourbon barrels — and you should be able to find that one as well.
We’re fans of Zinfandel around here: we also did a Pre-Zinfandel Day warm up post featuring two more old and ancient vine Zinfandel from Lodi. Last summer we did a Lodi-centric tasting with 13 zinfandels. And after the 2008 and the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conferences, I came home with MANY bottles of Zinfandel which we tasted and I wrote about here (2008) and here (2016).
But if you’re not convinced that zin is the direction you want to go, check out this post all about what wines to bring for Thanksgiving.
And now back to ZINFANDEL.
Old or ancient vine zinfandel? What does that even mean?