This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

The Wanted Zin 2017

Father’s Day is coming this Sunday (you’re welcome, if this is your annual reminder), and don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for a gift this year. As much as Dad needs another tie, or another pair of socks, or another tie (did we say that one already?), this week’s wine, The Wanted Zin by Orion Wines, should suit him much better. Hailing from Southern Italy, this wine is a marriage of Italian grapes and American oak, offering lots of soft, rich fruit, and bold oak notes. Give Dad just what he wanted!

Tasting Notes: The Wanted Zin 2017 is made from 100% Primitivo grapes (renamed Zinfandel after immigrating to California), which bring rich fruit notes of cherry, plum and blueberry. With half of the wine seeing 12 months in American oak barrels, the flavours of toasted wood, vanilla, and spices bring balance and complexity to the ripe fruit and silky-smooth tannins, making this the perfect wine for toasting another year of Dad being Dad!

Enjoy With: All things barbeque! Stack the toppings high on a burger or a chicken sandwich! Break out all of those sticky-sweet-spicy sauces for chicken wings or ribs! Don’t worry if Dad makes his own home-made sauce, The Wanted Zin will be the perfect match for all of his secret herbs and spices.

Style: A smooth, full-bodied, red wine.

Terroir/Region: The Wanted Zin hails from the Salento region of Puglia in Southern Italy. This is the heart of Primitivo (a.k.a. Zinfandel) production in Italy, and it has been for a long time. Here the ancient “Alberello” (or “Little Tree”) vine growing system is used to ensure top quality. It involves lots of work in the vineyard, with each vine being individually trimmed and cared for. You’ll have to buy a bottle to see what all of that hard work tastes like!

Producer: Orion Wines was founded by three veterans of the global wine trade with a simple philosophy, produce the best and most interesting wines possible at fair prices. They also hold sustainable farming in high regard, using biodiversity and natural methods to skip the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Their wine is also Vegan friendly, just another way they are keeping their drinkers in mind!

Availability: The Wanted Zin 2017 is available in the Italy section of your local LCBO and is available for online purchase and home delivery as well. Pick up a bottle for Dad and one for yourself as well, it may be just what you wanted too!

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Price: $14.95

LCBO#: #416487

Size: 750mL

Alcohol Content: 14.5% alc./vol.