California’s Central Coast, known for its rugged beauty, is also home to several world-class wine regions. For Zinfandel, no other AVA compares to that of Paso Robles. Planted by Italian immigrants in the 1920s, Zinfandel has had plenty of time to take root.
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National Zinfandel Day is a worldwide celebration of the Zinfandel grape variety, intended to give Zinfandel lovers around the globe a platform to express their passion for the grape and the wines made from it.
Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP), a membership based organization that advances knowledge and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history, notes How can you celebrate National Zinfandel Day?
Share a bottle with your friends.
“Invite your friends over for a toast to your best-loved varietal. Dazzle them with your knowledge by letting them know that Zinfandel wine is often described as fruit-forward with a flavor profile that can include raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, cherry, black pepper, cloves, anise and/or herbs.”
Visit a tasting room or wine bar.
“More than 90% of Zinfandel is grown in California. However, wine produced from the grape is easily found throughout the United States. So, bop on down to your local drinkery to discover Zinfandel’s extraordinary quality and versatility.”
Explore Zinfandel’s food pairing abilities.
“When it comes to Zinfandel and food pairing, there are no rules. Zinfandel is made for pure pleasure, so drink what you like. Zinfandel, in all its diversity, is just as comfortable at an elegant dinner party as at casual family meals.”
Visit a Zinfandel winery.
“Perhaps there is no better way to deepen your appreciation of Zinfandel than to see where it is grown and made. ZAP-member wineries are celebrating the day in their own special way, so be sure to check in with them before you go.” Visit these Central Coast wineries.