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.