Zinfandel, a variety planted by immigrant families that settled throughout California up to a century ago, has some of its oldest vines in Lodi. Grapes sourced from these vineyards, produce wines that are pure, rich and complex. Concentrated and highly expressive, the palate is full of dark berry flavors that are intertwined with cedar and tobacco notes. While this wine will be delicious on its own, grilled pork chops with a fruit-based BBQ sauce would be a worthy partner as well.
Recipe PairingsGrill-Smoked Pork Shoulder with Spice Rub
Lodi, North Coast, California, United States
In making white wine, the highest-quality batch of juice is called the free run. It's the grape juice that flows off a load of grapes naturally, from the weight of the harvest pressing down on itself, right after the load is harvested.