What better way to celebrate Independence Day, the most American of holidays, than with Zinfandel, the most American of wines? France can arguably lay claim to the best Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Germany to the best Riesling. But the USA lays claim to the best Zinfandel!
The popularity of Zinfandel seems to ebb and flow, but no other varietal has a non-profit organization dedicated solely to its promotion. Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) was founded almost 20 years ago with the mission of promoting Zinfandel as a world class varietal.
Why do I love Zinfandel?
- It is the most food-friendly of all wines. It pairs perfectly with household favorites like pizza, burgers and chili.
- It is affordable. The very best Zinfandel, with just a few exceptions, can typically be found for $25-$50.
- Zinfandel represents the heritage and history of wine-making in California. Vineyards like Hayne, Ueberroth, Old Hill and Jackass date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
I’d love to hear from some fellow Zinfandel advocates!