Finding wines that you like can often be a challenge. Parting with $10 – $20 to bring a bottle home that you end up not liking is hard! That simple fact inspired me to do this blog in the first place. Consider me your personal wine-taster!
The best wines I have tried have most often resulted from someone’s recommendation, and that is the case with this week’s wine, the 2013 Seghesio Zinfandel from California’s Sonoma County. My advice: get to know your local wine merchant, the wine person at a restaurant you like, or even someone online. Tell them what you like, and ask if they have any recommendations. I talked with a sommelier about finding a good Zinfandel at $20 or less, and he suggested three, all of which were good, but this was my favorite.
It’s the second or third bottle of Seghesio I have tried, and each has been excellent. Pull the cork and you’ll find nice aromas of plum and cherry, bold cherry flavors, and a solid peppery finish. This has become my go-to Zin, and though it’s a little more expensive than I prefer (around $20), with quality this good, it’s worth it. It’s also on the wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, where we’re having our next private wine party.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, the 2013 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel gets 4 corks!
If you’d like to try interesting wines like this, join me at our next Wine Wednesday private wine party. Click here to get on the guest list!
—Brian Demay, Lite Rock wine guy