Zinfandel: jammy and spicy

The most American wine of all (it's grown almost nowhere else) ― a juicy, jammy, spicy red wine that can turn your teeth purple

Zinfandel: jammy and spicy
Photo: Leo Gong

Swirl and taste: Intense dark berries, dried cherries, plums, chocolate, and black pepper ― a mouthfilling wine.

Pair with:
• Barbecue (Zin loves ribs)
• Hamburgers
• Sausages
• Pizza
• 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.

Great recipe pairings
Lamb and Pork
• Spiced Pulled Pork Sandwiches
• Shredded Five Spice Pork
 • Grilled Moroccan Lamb Kebabs with Grapes
 • Mole Pork
 • Chile Verde

Burgers and Beef
• Beef and Bacon Burgers
 • Classic Western Burgers
 • Flank Steak Tortitas
 • Ming Spareribs
 • Moroccan Beef Stew with Couscous

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