Thankfully school is over for me but I still hate September. It’s the way we all draw a line at the Labour Day weekend.
On one side we can revel in all things summer; on the other the outdoor furniture comes in, the white pants wind up at the back of the closet and rosé wines are bid adiós for another year.
While I can live with most of the seasonal changes I’m here to tell you that pink wines — especially the White Zinfandel — aren’t just for warm weather any more. Long maligned as a marketing ploy aimed at unsophisticated drinks, the White Zin has remained as simple and straight forward as it was when Californian winemakers first developed it in the 1970s.
Sutter Home’s 2008 White Zinfandel ($7.99 – $9.97) is the original and its soft, berry sweetness remains the benchmark. Equally as fruity, Beringer Vineyards’ 2008 California Collection White Zinfandel ($9.90 – $11.99) has a slight drier edge.
Though these style of blush wines aren’t very complicated they match surprisingly well with most meals — particularly those big holiday spreads that you’ll soon be preparing — and appeal to wide variety of palates no matter what the temperature outside.
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