ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Fire up the barbecue and break out the Zinfandel for the Golden State spin on traditional holiday meals! With kitchen and dining space at a premium during the holidays, savvy California cooks know how to capitalize on mild weather for festive meal preparations - they barbecue the main dish outside on the grill.
In addition to freeing up your oven, there may be no better way to set a celebratory mood during holiday meals than to send guests into the fresh air to enjoy a great bottle of Zinfandel, a tray of hors d'oeuvres and the appetizing aromas from the barbecue grill.
Zinfandel is truly the wine of California; the varietal's Italian antecedents so lost to the mists of time, that the wine is primarily associated with the history of California winemaking. The rich, jammy flavors and distinct pepper and spice notes of Zinfandel, pair perfectly with grilled meats of any kind and many rubs and marinades.
Outdoor grilling has long been the secret to successful entertaining at Rosenblum Cellars, the quirky award-winning Zinfandel leader, known for its popular indoor-outdoor wine tastings and special events held near ferry docks in Alameda.
At winery events throughout the year, "Grill Master" Sid Stafford pairs Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandels with all manner of barbecued foods – including whole pigs, goat and salmon. With a choice of 19 different Zinfandel wines to choose from, it is easy to find a Rosenblum Cellars wine to complement any holiday fare – even grilled tofu.
Among the recommended favorites for that perennial crowd pleaser, a succulent turkey are: 2008 Rosenblum Cellars Maggie's Reserve Zinfandel, featuring complex flavors of black raspberry jam, black cherry, vanilla, bay leaf and dark chocolate; 2008 Rosenblum Cellars Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel, which marries dashes of spice, the signature of the Zinfandel grape, with a core of rich brambleberry fruit. One of their most highly awarded wines, 2008 Rockpile Road Vineyard Zinfandel, is produced from grapes grown in a small remote vineyard and grafted to a rare Zinfandel clone, rooted in shallow, red volcanic soil. These mountain vines yield a muscular wine with highly extracted, spicy flavors of black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and black pepper.
If your travel plans take you to the San Francisco area, visit the Rosenblum Cellars Alameda tasting room at 2900 Main St., Alameda, (510) 865-7007. Located just a short car or ferry ride from San Francisco, Rosenblum Cellars attracts loyal patrons and newcomers alike to their bay-view, dockside winery to sample a wide portfolio of award-winning wines.
About Rosenblum Cellars
Rosenblum Cellars is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), which is part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard and Edna Valley Vineyard as well as the French wines of Domaine de la Roquete. DC&E is also a leading importer of estate-bottled wines from Burgundy and Alsacian wines from F.E. Trimbach.
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