So I was after a fairly full on red wine for this week. Unfortunately the three or four beautiful sunny days we’ve had for spring in the UK so far have proved to be a bit of a false dawn. It’s bloody minging outside right now, so I thought we could all do with a bit of warming up.
I was going to go for a Primitivo from Southern Italy, but Ant quite rightly pointed out that firstly we’ve only recently done an Italian red (I know there’s loads to choose from, but we’re trying to spread out as often as possible), and secondly we’re nearly a third of the way through 2014 and we’ve not done anything yet from the USA! I know, shocker right?
Well those of you reading this from the other side of the pond will probably not quite realize that of all the wines from round the world we can get hold of here in the UK, wines from the USA still remain fairly hard to get hold of. Or at least the choice isn’t amazing. Mostly that has to do with the price I think. Americans pay up for American wine, and they don’t have all the transport and duties involved, that leaves the rest of the world blinking a couple of times when they look at the price of the bottle!
Regardless of this, there are some good examples available on our shelves, and we’re going to run with the Primitivo theme and pick Zinfandel from California for our NWTW Week 16 pick.
My choices are:
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, 2011, Lodi County
Morrison’s Signature Zinfandel
Turning Leaf Zinfandel
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011
Have great weeks.