“Zin-fandel, Zin-fandel” (sung to the tune of Edelweiss). Now my wife is mad at me because she will have that song stuck in her head all day. Probably because I will keep singing it all day – a trait I inherited from my Mother.
I am in America for March Break (holy days for teachers) and I am committed to the great American grape – Zinfandel. Of course not the white Zinfandel wine that your grandmother drank – this is serious yet relatively simple red wine.
In my opinion Zin is the American wine. When I come to PA to visit my in-laws I always drink American and often drink Zin. For my Italian readers, it has been recently discovered that Zinfandel and Primitivo are the same grape – discoveries like that make DNA decoding worthwhile don’t they? Also, it’s the same grape as the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelansk, but seriously, when was the last time you asked for a “Crljenak” at a wine bar?
The style of Zin ranges from light Beaujolais to age-worthy Claret and in price from $6 (Barefoot Zinfandel) to $20 (Cardinal Zin). My favorite in the LCBO is Cline. Go out and get a bottle – help rid the world of white Zinfandel stereotypes and ask your favorite Croatian how to pronounce Crljenak for me.
LCBO 489278 | Price: $ 13.25