2008 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel: Earthy, easy to drink in late summer
aug. 4, 2010: victoria had made a breaded eggplant and italian sausage and mushroom lasagna the night before, and since she got home a little earlier today, we paired the leftovers with this californian. the eggplants were gifts from greg's parents, which they had grown in chris' garden. the recipe was essentially this (with added strips of dried lasagna pasta): http://www.jerseybites.com/2007/09/eggplant-and-sausage-lasagna/
it was a pretty decent match; this zin almost seemed sweet against the lasagna. not sure where we got this cline, or what we paid for it, but it had 15 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.