We asked Christina Turley (of Turley Wine Cellars in California) a bit about how she found her way into wine...and what she's drinking now.
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I have trouble keeping track if zinfandel is terribly uncool or totally hip again, and honestly, it doesn't really matter that much either way. It's a wine that many folks reach for when Thanksgiving comes around, and a good juicy zin can be delicious alongside turkey with the works. We tasted through a wide range of zinfandels to choose a dozen winners for your holiday table.
My love story with Zinfandel started at a small winery in Healdsburg, California called A. Rafanelli. Their Zins are ripe, slightly spicy, and just plain delicious. The only problem was that I lived in New York, and so I've had to put a lot of effort into this long distance relationship. My first trip there, I took back 2 bottles, the next 4, and before I knew it, I was sacrificing extra underwear in my suitcase to make space for all the wine. (Totally kidding...underwear is one of the best shock absorbers to prevent breakage during transit.)
I once believed that people drank Zinfandel at Thanksgiving just for its theoretical charm; though it didn't originate here, it's often touted as the 'All-American' grape because it's such a popular varietal to grow in California. Zin's berrylicious flavor is approachable and its rich, glycerin-like texture is attractive to New World-winelovers who like big, luscious wines.