Budget Wine Recommendation: Ravenswood Zinfandel

Budget Wine RecommendationOne night I was out with a group of friends for dinner at Stephanie’s, a restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston that has a reputation as being a bit of a scene.  I wanted to make my drink order as simple as possible given the size of our group, so opted for the house zinfandel.

It was really good.

Given Stephanie’s reputation, I was prepared to be sticker shocked when the bill arrived, but the wine was just $11 a glass. I asked for the name. It was Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel.

On my next trip to the grocery store, I looked to see if they had the wine, and lo and behold, they did! Then I experienced reverse sticker shock: The delicious zinfandel was on sale for $6.99 per bottle, down from a regular price of $8.99.

Needless to say, Ravenswood Zinfandel has become a staple in our household. I don’t know a lot about wine and am therefore sometimes reluctant to recommend wine to other people, but most people seem to like the Ravenswood Zin. I’ve even heard other people independently recommend it, so I’m not the only one who finds it delicious.

Like any zinfandel, the Ravenswood is a full-bodied, strong, fruity wine. As a non-connoisseur, I’d pair it with bacon and peanut butter cups, but a more discerning palate would probably appreciate it alongside red meat or a tomato-based pasta dish.

I’ve tried other red wines from Ravenswood’s low-end line, and think the zinfandel is the best one. I know Ravenswood also produces finer wines that retail for $15-$40 per bottle, and if I ever see them on the shelves, I’d definitely try one for dinner with friends. For casual drinking though, Ravenswood Zinfandel rocks.