For October's Casual Night, we're going to Ed's house and the theme is Zinfandel (and I'm talking about RED Zinfandel).
So if you've got a favorite, bring it and tell us why. If not, I highly recommend you visit the ZAP site - http://www.zinfandel.org/default.asp?n1=2&n2=174&member, where you can click on the CA growing regions to see where they are and what kind of terroir is in each region to affect the grape's flavor profile. These are the primary areas in CA that grow Zinfandel (and yea they grow Zin in other countries, but whatever):
Bay Area, Central Coast, Lodi, Central Valley, Mendocino and Lake Co., Napa Valley, Sierra Foothills, Sonoma County, and Southern California.
Some bites of info to get you started:
1. The Sierra Foothills has a reputation for big, full-bodied Zinfandels. These extra-ripe wines are characterized as "jammy, briary, and brambly", having aromas of sweet berries.
2. Sonoma County contains the warm Dry Creek Valley AVA, known for its juicy Zinfandel with bright fruit, balanced acidity and notes of blackberry, anise and pepper. Dry Creek Valley AVA produces Zinfandel in a variety of styles ranging from the high-alcohol style to
balanced, spicy wines. And, the Russian River Valley AVA has a lot of "old vine" Zinfandel acreage. These wines are known for their spicy and somewhat lower alcohol wines.
3. Paso Robles with its hot days and cool evenings, produces Zinfandel known for being soft and round, but often very high in alcohol.
4. Napa Valley produces Zinfandel wines described as plummy and intense, tasting of red berry fruits with cedar and vanilla.
5. Lodi has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in California. While often used for White Zinfandel production, in the red style, Lodi Zinfandels have a reputation for being juicy and approachable. Lodi is also producing some of the finest "port style" dessert wines from the
So do some homework (yes, you'll have to DRINK to complete this mission!) and claim your favorite Zin zone. Bring us something we haven't had before, and tell us why you love it!
What to bring – food and wine
Wine – Bring one (or two if you'd like) bottles of wine. (Think $15 - $25 a bottle.)
We’d really like to know a little bit about the wine you brought, so please write a note and attach it to your bottle indicating – your name, where you bought it, your "review" of the wine, and it’s cost (don’t cover the bottle’s label). We have printed labels available when you sign in if you want to use one of them instead.
Any member whose first name begins with A to L, and anyone that’s bringing a guest (more than one person on the RSVP), bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils. If it’s not your turn to bring food, but you want to, please do. And we’d appreciate it if you post an idea of what you are going to bring when you RSVP.
RSVP and Directions
Please respond to the invitation no later than the Thursday evening before the event. Only those who respond YES by Thursday night will be sent the address on Friday morning. If you haven't received directions by Friday evening, email Tana. You are always welcome to bring a guest; but you need to include that person in your RSVP (and provide the appropriate amount of food and wine).
*If your plans change, we request you change your RSVP right away. Since most events have a guest limit, if you do not show up, then someone else who wanted to come did not get to because you had that spot. Also, Tana gets really mad about no-shows!
Wine and Drive
These don’t mix, obviously. Each person attending these events is responsible for his/her own behavior, safety and sobriety. The host is in no way liable for anything that might occur at the event or afterward, including driving home. You are responsible to designate a driver for yourself and your companions for every event.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Smoking - Please note that smoking is NOT permitted at this,
or ANY event.