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Senior Tim Fish joined the Wine Spectator staff in 2001. His tasting beat includes Oregon, Washington, California Zinfandel and Rhône-style reds, and U.S. sparkling wines.
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An $11 Red for an Easygoing Dinner

Bogle Zinfandel California Old Vine 2007

Tim Fish
Posted: October 13, 2009

Even though my daughter once said, “I’m hungry for a toy,” Happy Meals and other fast food are rarely on the menu for my family. Instead, we keep the pantry stocked with our own easy meals for hectic nights. On a recent Tuesday, I opened a package of fresh greens and dressed them up with the last of the summer tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette. Then I grilled a few gourmet sausages, which come in all sorts of flavors these days, such as chicken and apple, mango and spinach and feta. With an exotic mustard or two on the table, dinner was ready.

An easygoing meal calls for an easygoing wine, and Bogle Zinfandel California Old Vine 2007 was just the bottle we needed. It was fresh and juicy, and the full flavors of the sausage brought out a new layer of intensity and spice. With dinner, and non-blind, I gave it 86 points. At $11, it’s also a bargain.

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Dave Reuther
Deerfield, Illinois —  October 13, 2009 1:57pm ET
Interesting how you raised the score from 84 (good) to 86 (very good) when food was involved. Bogle is one of my "go to" wines for zinfandel and petie sirah. I like how you can find them in just about any grocery store across the country. Nice with takeout food after a day of driving. They are a good value and deliver consistant quality. Keep up the good work with your reviews. I find them very helpful.
Tim Fish
Santa Rosa, CA —  October 14, 2009 7:22pm ET

Thanks for commenting. I agree with you about Bogle being a go-to value. As for the score difference, food does sometimes bring out new elements of a wine, often good, sometimes not. That night, and non-blind, I enjoyed the Bogle even more. Cheers.

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