When it comes to Zinfandel, few do a better job than the team at Michael David Winery. Known for the massive success of their labels (Freakshow, anyone?!) the winery is, and always has been, family-owned and operated. These are the folks that created 7 Deadly Zins way back when. That wine, a.k.a the number one selling Zinfandel in the United States (at the time, anyway) sold to The Wine Group in 2019 to allow the family to focus on development of their other lines. The winery does big things but holds space for growth and I appreciate it! Having worked with Michael David as their distributor parter in Colorado for the past eight years, I can say from firsthand experience that these guys never fail to surprise, delight, and reinvent themselves.
Michael David Lodi Zin 2018
Studies show that people are naturally attracted to the shade of turquoise used on this package design (also on their new Freakshow Chardonnay!). After all, drawing folks to a label is the first step to getting it in their mouth, right? It stands out, and in a sea of wine, that matters. The marketing professional in me loves to see this stuff.
Lodi is the core of Zinfandel country. The hot, sunny climate produces happy grapes with tons of ripeness and awesome consistency. Like everything Michael David puts out, the wine is sustainably made and vegan to honor the earth and future generations. Medium-bodied with loads of red fruit, chocolate, toasty, spicy notes from a mix of 73% American (28% new) and 27% French (9% new) oak. If you like to cook with a smoker like I do, this wine is a slam-dunk.
When it comes to food pairing, I’ve got barbecue and short ribs on the brain. Ready to pair it?
Traeger Smoked Tri-Tip
Reverse-seared and smoked to glorious perfection. This wine brings a balance of fruit, acid, and complimentary smoke notes to the experience on the palate….drool-worthy!
Here's the recipe!
Don’t have a smoker?
Try this awesome recipe for Garlic Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine from Ang Sarap. Prep is relatively simple and 4+ hours in the Dutch Oven leads to melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. At this price, you can even afford to use this Zin in the recipe. It calls for 500ml of wine, so be sure to pick up more than one bottle!
Here's the recipe!
ABV: 15% | $15 average
Did you try this wine? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!