With the grilling season in high gear, it seems only appropriate to recommend a barbecue-friendly wine.
For this column, that comes in the form of the 2011 Renwood BBQ Zinfandel.
This is a really good drinking wine, and aptly named. Renwood is in Amador County, which is zinfandel country, and the winery make a bevy of pricier zins, yet this wine is anything but expensive.
When we tasted it words such as pepper, spice, cherries and blackberry were used, and we all agreed that barbecued foods would really marry with this red wine, which is a multi-vineyard blend of zinfandels. I thought it did not quite have a “jam” impression, but I did detect “cherry jelly” among the flavors.
Another curious thing to all of us was the alcohol level, which was almost 15 percent and did not come off as hot – spicy yes, hot no. This has just been released and, like a lot of Provencal rosés, it will not last the summer selling season. I do think this is a wine for now and the next few years. This is really a wine for barbecue. The cost is $12 a bottle and your local wine place can get it from Glazers in Columbus.
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Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.