I truly do like most wines. However, there are some wines I favor over others. Zinfandel happens to be one of those wines. The Zinfandel grape can be used to make big, bold, red wines or the simple rosé “white zin.” Most of the time white zin is an inexpensive wine. It is light, sweet flavored and has a much lower alcohol level. White Zinfandel is not a favorite of mine.
When I decided to make my Adler’s Blend Red Wine, I wanted a wine that was fruit flavored, that had a high alcohol level and that could be a big-bold wine. Zinfandel has all of those qualities. Most of my Adler’s Blend vintages are 50% to 85% Zinfandel, with some other wines added to boost the aromas on the nose or make a long-balanced finish. The alcohol levels are in the in the 15% to 15.5% range.
Red Zinfandel generally is a rich looking dark purple colored wine, has high alcohol levels with medium to high tannin levels and has medium to high acidity on the finish. Most Zinfandel wines produced are medium-bodied and semi-dry. It is a very flavorful wine, both on the nose and on the palate.
Red Zinfandel can be both fruity and spicy with aromas and a palate of red berries, plums, cinnamon and black pepper all wrapped around tannins and acidity.
The Zinfandel grape is the third most planted grape in America. The grape originally came from Croatia. It is heavily grown in California and it is very popular in Northern California and the central coast region. I purchase my Zinfandel grapes north of St. Helena, California, in Napa Valley from the Ballentine Vineyard where we make our wines.
If you are not drinking Zinfandel now, I recommend that you put it on your “drink list” in one of the top five spots.
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Upcoming Wine Events For 2021
5/7/21 May Wine Dinner – Our next LEX 530 Wine Dinner will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the LEX 530 Event Center in Elkhart. Treat your mom to a special Mother’s Day Wine Dinner featuring premium wines selected by LEX 530 Wine Director, Stan Minden, to pair with Executive Chef Chad Coryn’s delectable four-course dinner.
RECEPTION: Passed hors d’oeuvres. Paired with an assortment of different wine options.
1ST COURSE: Local asparagus, Serrano ham, pea shoots, Aleppo pepper aioli
2ND COURSE: Pacific halibut, Spring vegetables, clams, saffron tomato broth
3RD COURSE: Rosemary and sumac rubbed lamb, smoked blue mashed, ramps, black garlic jus
4TH COURSE: Peanut butter mousse cake, Dark chocolate ganache, concord grape coulis
If you are a LEX 530 Wine Club Member please contact Courtney at 574-296-1314. Guests must be at least 21 years of age, with a valid ID. Tickets are $100.00 (tax not included). You must purchase your ticket by noon on Friday, April 30th — either online at the link below or by calling Courtney at 574-296-1314 if you are a Wine Club member.
5/21/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
6/11/21 June Wine Dinner featuring music by Julia James
6/25/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
7/16/21 July Wine Dinner featuring music by Checkmark Sallie
7/30/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
8/13/21 August Wine Dinner featuring music by Jesse’s Gurl
8/27/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
9/10/21 September Wine Dinner featuring music by Julia James
9/24/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
10/5/21 Oktoberfest Dinner with Iechyd Da Brewing Co. with music by Patti Lightfoot
10/22/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
11/5/21 November Wine Dinner featuring music by Checkmark Sallie
11/19/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event