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Alfred Hitchcock Presents Zinfandel 2015
Lodi, California

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 & 1956)

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One of Hitchcock’s most famous plot devices is the ‘wrong man’: an innocent bystander who is suddenly pulled into a dangerous situation from which he struggles to escape. In the case of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Hitch does it twice – first with a villain played by Peter Lorre, and later with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day in the lead roles. Each is required viewing for the true Hitchcock fan and a thrilling partner to this captivating Zinfandel.


Famed director and master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock is noted for his distinctive style – the same can be said of top-quality Zinfandel. This limited-edition release hails from the exceptional 2015 vintage (the latest in a string of incredible-quality California harvests) and premium vines in Lodi, Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Region of the Year. Look for a dizzying array of intense, brambly flavors (such as cranberry, cherry and boysenberry) along with an inviting note of licorice spice.


According to 2015 crop figures from the USDA, Zinfandel is California’s second most-planted grape (behind Cabernet Sauvignon and just edging out Merlot) – and it’s regarded by many as the state’s signature red. California Zin also has a rather worldly backstory. Originally from Croatia (where it’s 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 immigrated here to make their fortunes.


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.

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