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Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
Lodi, California

Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Saturday, July 01 @ 12:00 AM (ET)

John Garfield made a career out of playing antiheroes and tough guys, and his con-man character in Nobody Lives Forever – opposite Geraldine Fitzgerald as a wealthy widow – is a perfect example of his talents. Sip this full-flavored and peppery Zinfandel while watching Garfield command the screen in this entertaining Film Noir, a product of expert Warner Bros. director Jean Negulesco.

THE WINE

This silky, full-flavored Zinfandel is a longtime customer favorite and boasts an impressive history of international acclaim. It’s crafted with prime grapes from Lodi, Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Region of the Year and home to some of California’s greatest old-vine Zins. And, thanks to the stellar 2015 vintage (the fourth in a string of superb harvests), this top-notch Zin is richer than ever. With its complex, bramble fruit flavors and enticing peppery aroma, it’s a great match for spicy pasta, red meats or grilled veggies.

THE GRAPE

According to 2015 figures from the USDA’s Statistics Service, Zinfandel is California’s second most-planted red wine grape (behind Cabernet Sauvignon) – yet it’s regarded by many as the state’s signature red. Originally from Croatia (where it was called Tribidrag), this wandering variety found its way to sunny Puglia in Italy (where they call it Primitivo), then later to the Golden State as Italians came seeking their fortunes. Regardless of locale or name, this grape is famous for being fruity and food-friendly.

THE REGION

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 Zinfandel.

WITH FOOD

With its dark fruit flavors and hints of cracked black pepper (classic Zinfandel hallmarks), Black Saint Peter is especially delicious served with rich stews and Italian dishes – from simple, spicy tomato-sauced pasta to veal Parm. It’s also the perfect red for meaty barbecue ribs, pulled pork, steak kebabs or burgers. Alternatively, it’s definitely smooth enough to enjoy solo.

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