10 Zinfandels for a Summer Barbecue

New reviews of California reds from Sonoma, Paso Robles, Sierra Foothills and Lodi
10 Zinfandels for a Summer Barbecue
Peachy Canyon in Paso Robles has made Zinfandel its signature variety. (Lindsay Masten)
Aug 6, 2018

It's the lazy days of summer, prime time for grilling out with a tasty glass of California Zinfandel. With its bold fruit and zesty flavors, Zin works with a wide range of fire-roasted food, whether it's just a burger or hot dog, or something snazzier like baby back ribs or a bone-in rib eye. Get the scores and tasting notes!

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