While it's not quite as clichéd as Champagne on New Year's, Zinfandel is, more and more often, the red wine of choice on Thanksgiving. It helps, of course, that Zinfandel is made only in America (as opposed to that global gadabout, Cabernet), but it's really because Zinfandel's rich fruit flavors work so wonderfully with all the elements of the traditional holiday meal. I recently talked to three top retailers, all Zinfandel fans (though some say the proper term is "freaks"). They like--and sell--lots of Zins, and they shared the names of some you should be drinking this fall.
ALL STAR WINE & SPIRITS, ALBANY, NEW YORK
Why He Loves Zin
One of the things that I love most about Zinfandel is how distinct one wine can be from another. You could have 60 different Zinfandels and 60 different styles of wine--as opposed to, say, California Chardonnay or Cabernet, where you might have 60 bottles and every one of them would taste the same.
Zin Supply By Thanksgiving we'll probably have more than 100 different Zinfandels in our store--though of course, with all the single-vineyard Zinfandels out there, there could be 25 wines from just two producers.