The most American wine of all (it’s grown almost nowhere else)―a juicy, jammy, spicy red wine that can turn your teeth purple
Swirl and taste: Intense dark berries, dried cherries, plums, chocolate, and black pepper―a mouthfilling wine.
• Barbecue (Zin loves ribs)
• Grilled foods―leg of lamb, steak, chicken
• Long-braised stews
• Slightly spicy foods
• Southwest and Mexican dishes
• Moroccan spices―coriander, cinnamon, cumin
Find your style: Zinfandel is mostly grown in warm places, so the grapes get very ripe, producing Zin’s signature jammy flavors―and high alcohol levels. If you don’t love fruit bombs, look for Zins from cooler places, which are slightly leaner, often with interesting herbal flavors.