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Ahh the joys of living in a DRY county. That would be NO JOY unless of course you drive 30 minutes to find it. Liquid paradise can be found, for a price, here in the buckle of the bible belt. There are very few good wine shops to choose from, but we are lucky to have at least one with a good selection.
On our bi-monthly sojourn to winedom, we came across a new (to me) wine from Ravenswood, which has been a long time favorite brand for my husband and I. This bottle of Zen of Zin is a 2007 old vine zinfandel. I was skeptical, but drawn in by the clear crisp artwork and the catchy tag line ” The way to Zinligthenment”. Brand recognition did play a big part in the final purchase decision. I believe it was between $10.00 and $12.00 per bottle, which is about average for this brand. Good to know the kind folks at the Wine-O Emporium weren’t padding their cellars so to speak by over charging their less fortunate dry county neighbors.
The Ravenswood motto is “No Wimpy Wines” and they really do live up to their tagline. This particular bottle had a nice strong start with a smooth finish. It had average legs, but hey I can relate there!
I have purchased two bottles on different occasions and have enjoyed both. Is it the best wine I have ever had? No, but it is by far not the worst. This is an excellent every day wine (despite what the church might say). A nice bottle to take over to dinner at a friends. Great with pasta, beef and pizza.
I would say this is a must try for those of you who enjoy a good red zin and especially if you enjoy Ravenswood blends. The ONE complaint that I have is the SLOOWWWWness of the Ravenswood website. On a cable modem it took more than 5 minutes to load for this reveiwer. Since I do most of my research online, you can see where this might turn me off. If you have a T-1 at your disposal, go for it. Otherwise check your local wine section and save yourself the headache.
If you can’t make it through a whole bottle, I highly recommend my favorite Vacu Vin Wine Saver. Be sure to get the Extra Stoppers in case you drink a lot of wine or if things tend to get a little wild on wine night at your house.
This was a non sponsored thread, meaning that I used my own money to buy this product for review, and I have received no monetary gain from this post.