While I sipped it solo, it would pair wonderfully with everything from a juicy cheeseburger to a comforting plate of macaroni and cheese. Do you enjoy red wine blends?
To see what was my favorite pairing and pour, check out the images after the break.
Joel's love for life and sense of humor were so infectious that I couldn't resist getting his insight into the world of wine. Learn more about his inspiration, as well as his tips for enjoying wine on a budget, when you read more
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers wine tasting. One of the best wines I tasted was this bottle of old vine Zin. An old vine Zinfandel comes from grapes grown on vines that were planted in California many years ago. While XYZin has delightful offerings from 10- and 50-year-old vines, I found the pour from the 100-year vines to be the most robust, flavorful, and complex. It's a smooth, but serious wine with a full body, jammy taste, and fruity aroma. Unlike some bold Zins, XYZin's is neither too spicy or tannic. Although we enjoyed this wine alone, it longs for food and would pair well with everything from creamy cheese to thick-cut steak. At $45, it's not the cheapest bottle of wine, but it's worth the splurge and would be perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.
Do you drink Zinfandel? What's your favorite bottle?
Now that the holidays are over, food, and drink events are back in full force across the nation. This month is all about restaurant week dining deals, from New York to Miami to Los Angeles. Some of them last into next week, so right now's the time to take advantage of affordable meals. If we've missed anything, please let us know in the comments!
- New York, NY: New York Restaurant Week — Jan. 27-30
- Los Angeles, CA: dineLA Restaurant Week — Jan. 27-31
- San Luis Obispo , CA: San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Month — Jan. 27-31
- Miami, FL: Miami Spice — Jan. 27-Feb. 2
- Boston, MA: Boston Wine Festival — Jan. 27-Feb. 2
- San Francisco, CA: ZAP Zinfandel Festival — Jan. 28-31
- San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Wine Festival's Wine Competition — Jan. 31
- New Orleans, LA: The Four Seasons of Rum — Feb. 2
If he were still alive, today would be the 195th birthday of Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa (pictured, left). A Hungarian immigrant, Haraszthy was invited to the United States in 1840 by a group of Democrats that included Daniel Webster. Believed by some to be the father of the California wine industry, Haraszthy did much to promote and enhance the agriculture and viticulture of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1857 he purchased a large plot of land in Sonoma and began planting grapevines sent from in Europe. At one point many people accredited Haraszthy with the introduction of the Zinfandel vine, however it is now an honor thought to be shared by several different pioneers. Still, Haraszthy's major contributions to the wine world were cemented earlier this year when he was inducted in the Vintners Hall of Fame. Happy Birthday ol' Haraszthy!
A variety of red grape used to make wine. The first Zinfandel vineyards were planted in Calfiornia in the 1830s. It is thought to be the state's most widely planted grape.
Zinfandel is used to make sparkling wines, white wine, light reds, and more complex reds.