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Wine of the week: 2015 Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel 

Sonoma County, California

Retail $10

Zinfandel is a dark-skinned red wine grape largely cultivated in California. For some time, the varietal was considered the grape America had the closest claim to being its own. In the 1990s, however, DNA testing uncovered the origin of the varietal in Croatia, or possibly Apulia, Italy. The ideal setting for its propagation is in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. Zinfandel thrives in the region's acidic soils, diverse growing conditions and climate, especially warmer, drier areas. This reserve zinfandel was bottled for Trader Joe's at a Sonoma winery that has produced many reserve wines for the national grocery chain. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of spice, ripened berries and oaky notes. On the palate, taste currant, cranberry, cherry, blackberry, plum, a hint of pepper and firm tannins. Decant 30-45 minutes before serving. Drink it with barbecue, grilled sausage, beef, pork, fowl and bold dishes like meaty pasta Bolognese. Buy it at: Trader Joe's.


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