Though vines have always grown wild in the region, serious grape cultivation started in this area of California during the mid-1800s. By 1900, a local newspaper declared that it was the region’s “growing industry.” During Prohibition, the demand for Lodi grapes actually rose. Today, Lodi declares itself “Home of the Zin” and holds a large, well-attended annual festival celebrating all things Zin.
Rich and warming, Zinfandel is great on cool evenings (especially fireside). And it’s super versatile with food – particularly with barbecue like smoked beef ribs or juicy burgers. With its concentrated core of dark fruit flavors and toasty spice, Alfred Hitchcock Zin will also be a star with roasted white meats – especially turkey with all the trimmings. Pizza is another tasty pick.