Original Zin

December 10th, 2008 by Jeff

Interesting part of the Zinfandel-Primitivo saga that we hinted at during the show but did not have time to get into.  There is no record of Primitivo in Italy before Zinfandel in California.  It’s possible that a grape called Plavic Mali from Croatia made it to the east coast of America before making it to the east coast of Italy.   Reason #58 why we love the wine world:  many ancient mysteries and few answers.

Thanks for watching!

Featured in today’s show:

  • 2007 LiVeli Orion Primitivo from the Apulia region of Italy
  • 2005 Graziano Zinfandel from Mendocino, California

Recommended food pairings from The Som:

  • Mr. Bovee brought the remainder of the LiVeli Primitivo home to share with family and friends.  They enjoyed spaghetti pie with the wine and loved every second of it.  I think the mushrooms in this recipe add an earthy note that work great with the slightly earthy edge of the Primitivo.
  • Here is a flavorful and fairly simple BBQ ribs recipe that would be pretty great with the Graziano Zinfandel.  One thing to keep in mind with food and wine pairings, and especially with Zinfandel, is that wines that are higher in alcohol (Zin is definitely one) increases the perception of spice.  Example:  Zin and pizza…no good.  Zin and chili…no good.  If you chose to grill some ribs and add some BBQ sauce make sure the sauce is reasonably mild.  If not, choose an inexpensive Petite Sirah or Merlot.  Graziano is a smoother and lower alcohol Zinfandel than most Zins.  That’s why I love it!

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