Zinfandel is the California classic. Although it really is an eastern European varietal, it’s easy to see why Californians call Zin their own. It was a primary source of wine for the Catholic missionaries, and was quickly planted all over California. Look for jam, blueberry, cherry, plum, and licorice. The taste explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spice. This is a lighter bodied wine with bold tannins. Pair with spiced BBQ, or lighter meats like quail, turkey, pork or veal. For vegetarians, think of roasted tomatoes, red peppers and caramelized onions. Fruit is Estate descendant.