Winter Wine Spotlight: Zinfandel
While we’ve said goodbye to the Shanghai winter rain (for now), temperatures still have us bundled up in our warmest clothes. Looking for another way to warm up? Crack open a bottle of hearty winter wine, pair it with your favorite heavy meal, take off that puffy jacket and enjoy.
This week, our Winter Wine Spotlight is on Zinfandel! Zin is a staple California grape and is grown throughout the state, but actually has origins in Croatia (woo, exotic!). It’s a popular grape that tends to makes powerful, fruit forward wines with a kick of spice. Zinfandels are elegant and soft with notes of earthly minerals and lush soft tannins with bright acidity. You can expect a red Zinfandel to have ripe, jammy fruit flavors of raspberry, blackberry, cherry and plums with notes of black pepper and spice box to round out the wine Zinfandels are higher in alcohol, full bodied and rich, making them the perfect choice to keep you warm on even the coldest days.
Zinfandels are versatile when it comes to food and go with a wide variety of dishes. A favorite occasion for Zin is with Hong Shao Rou. The fruit and smoke from the wine is a perfect match with the sweet, salty tender pork dish. Zin also goes well with steak and other grilled meats— and don’t forget about barbecue! Lastly, it’s a good idea to have a bottle of Zinfandel on hand for desserts as the wine’s jamminess complements cheese and chocolate perfectly.