The spectacle that accompanies the ‘Big Game’ is great entertainment for all. There are big-name entertainers, a new crop of ‘must-see’ commercials and, of course, plenty of food and drink. This weekend, give yourself a non-beer option like this fruit-driven Zinfandel that plays well with a wide variety of tailgate inspired food, including spicy Tex-Mex Chili.
This is pure Lodi Zinfandel at its very best. Sultry, brambly dark fruit, pumpkin spice, mocha, black pepper, sage and earth notes blend seamlessly on the nose and palate. This full-bodied, intensely flavoured Zin pushes the envelope but never goes over the edge, staying on the bright and lively side with crisp plum-like acidity and an underpinning of mineral freshness.
Falcons’ fans might stick with Atlanta barbecue brisket sliders, while Pats’ fans could give burgers with maple smoked bacon and Vermont Cheddar a go.
Full-bodied and smooth red wine.
Terroir / Region: Lodi is home to some of California’s oldest Zinfandel vines and is famous for producing full-bodied, concentrated wines. During the growing season, cool overnight air moves up the San Juaquin River Delta and drops the temperature to 12-15C on average which helps the fruit to maintain acidity and freshness. Daytime temperatures usually get above 30C which Zinfandel needs to ripen well.
Producer: There really is a Michael and a David. They are the Phillips brothers, the creative minds behind the entire range of eclectic and (some would say) eccentric wines. The family is at the forefront of sustainable farming in the Lodi region and has adopted the most progressive practices available. All Phillips’ family vineyards have third-party sustainability certification.
7 Deadly Zins is available year round in the Vintages Essentials section in most Vintages stores and is currently on sale, with $3.00 off until February 26, 2017.