Zinfandel: ‘The American wine’
If you’re grilling this Fourth of July, you really should have a zinfandel on hand, said Michael Austin in the Chicago Tribune. The zinfandel grape wasn’t born here, but it’s now grown everywhere in California and “has become as American as jelly doughnuts (aka Berliners) and hot dogs (frankfurters).” Because zin can be “a big bruiser of a wine,” serve it only when your summer table includes grilled or braised meats, pizza, or meaty pasta dishes.
2015 Joel Gott Zinfandel ($15). “Silky and luscious,” with flavors of blackberry and baking spices, this value option is “a joy to drink.”
2014 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel ($22). This Dry Creek Valley zin blend offers “velvety” mouthfeel and hints of cranberry, leather, black pepper, and chocolate.
2015 Bear Flag Zinfandel ($25). Also from Sonoma County, this “lip-smacking” wine tastes of “luscious blueberry” before its own peppery finish.