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Wine of the Week - Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016 $26

Dwight Casimere | 7/4/2019, noon
Zinfandel is the most American of all grapes and a perfect choice to bring to the family barbecue for a ...

Zinfandel is the most American of all grapes and a perfect choice to bring to the family barbecue for a Fourth of July celebration. Many families will be gathering around the grill to celebrate the birth of our nation and there's no more perfect wine to do that than a glass of hearty Zinfandel.

The grape first came into prominence during the California Gold Rush. Originally, it was believed to have come from Italy, where it was related to the Primitivo grape. Later research proved otherwise and affirmed that the grape may have originated in Croatia and was brought to the United States as a gift to certain horticulturalists in Long Island.

The grape somehow made its way to California where it has flourished. Rugged volcanic soils, intense sun and the cool nights and mornings brought on by Pacific breezes created ideal growing conditions for this hardy grape that is adaptable in many ways. During the 70s it fueled the craze for 'blush' wines and then morphed into its most popular form today, Old Vine Zinfandel. One of the most accessible and pleasant tasting iterations of this All American wine is Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2016 from the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. At just $26, the wine is fully developed with ripe dark berry flavors and a nice balance.

The wine is hearty and refreshing. Its great with burgers and ribs, making it perfect for the Fourth of July cookout. Have a contest among your guests and family members to create the best burger. Have a glass of Zinfandel with each of them and you'll be convinced that this is not only a great wine to celebrate the Fourth, but to enjoy all summer long.