Since it’s uniquely American and mates well across a spectrum of fare, from sweet potatoes and tangy cranberry sauce to turkey and stuffing with earthy gravy, California Zinfandel makes a worthy choice to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. Comments on six locally available, sensibly priced favorites follow.
Made from California grapes harvested in Lodi, this barrel-fermented wine exhibits a complex bouquet and taste of plums, cranberries, and cassis, with notes of rich chocolate in its finish. Find it at Dodd’s Liquor City in Millwood and Suburban Wine & Spirits in Yorktown Heights.
Grapes for this easy-drinking, bargain bottle primarily hail from almost-80-year-old Lodi California vineyards in the Mokelumne River Viticultural area. It shows a fragrant bouquet of ripe cherries and raspberries, with hints of vanilla in its smooth finish. Find it at: Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits in Yonkers and Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
This wine was fashioned from grapes grown on vines 6–25 years old from across California. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in oak for 12 months prior to bottling. It has a floral bouquet and rich taste of ripe plums and exotic spice. Find it at Bottle Grove in White Plains and Varmax Liquor Pantry in Port Chester.
This elegant wine was made from primarily Zinfandel (72%) blended with smaller amounts of Petite Sirah, Carignan, and Mataro grapes. It shows a memorable bouquet and tastes of ripe plums and raspberries, with undertones of orange and earthy spice. Find it at Grapes, The Wine Company in White Plains and Station Plaza Wine in Bronxville.
This oak-aged wine was made by sustainable farming practices from grapes harvested from five different vineyards. It has a bouquet and taste of ripe berries integrated with flavors of figs and vanilla. Find it at Wine Bazaar in New Rochelle and Westchester Wine Warehouse in White Plains.
Also appropriate for Hanukkah (which begins this year three days after Thanksgiving), this kosher wine with grapes harvested in Lodi, CA, shows a bouquet and taste of ripe cherries and plums with a finish that becomes less tannic after an hour or so of aeration. Find it at WinesMart in Scarsdale.