November 19th, 2014 is National Zinfandel Day, and as with any day devoted to a particular wine varietal, that means countless glasses will be filled and lifted in celebration today across this great land. Zinfandel lovers will gather for events held at wineries and pubs. Restaurants will feature Zinfandel-themed menu pairings. Zin aficionados will host tastings in their homes where the wine will flow like the joyful tears of inebriated angels (those are delicious, right?) And bottles will be emptied without shame as people who know what fun tastes like revel in the company of like-minded sippers.
Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape variety of great significance when it comes to premium quality California wines. A grape for which my appreciation has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, Zinfandel produces wines that range from fruity, off-dry rosés to complex, high-alcohol, full-bodied dry reds with firm tannins and flavors like blackberry, cherry, raisin, clove, licorice, and spice, to name but a few. The latter of these two styles is, in my opinion, where it really shines. Speaking only for myself, I’m especially fond of old-vine Zin, with some old-vine vineyards having been planted more than 100 years ago.
Zin lovers far and wide: Today’s our day, so let it flow. Let the Zinfandel flow hard, flow now, flow silent, flow deep. Let it flow from L.A. to Tokyo. And be sure to check out the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers website for info and suggestions on how to press the most juice out of this day.
Not enough Zin to grin about? The Zinfandel Experience celebrates its 24th anniversary in San Francisco January 29-31, 2015. Get there and sippin’…