It's been a while since I've picked up a bottle of Ridge Zinfandel, and it's just as delicious as ever. This one comes from Paso Robles, where the 2010 growing season was unusually cool. The 2010 Paso Robles Zinfandel is food-friendly, tasting of dark berries and something woodsy. Tannins are soft, and it has a bit of elegance uncommon for a Zin.
I'd drink it with barbecued ribs, steak frites, a traditional tafelspitz (boiled beef) or brasato al Barolo (in this case, al Zinfandel). But if you were making a root vegetable pie or some other rustic vegetable main course, it would work too.
Region: Central Coast
Price: About $28
Style: Elegant and food-friendly
What it goes with: Barbecued ribs, steak frites, braised beef, vegetable pot pie.
Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007, wwwamazinggrapeswinestore.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.