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Elyse 2007 Zinfandel A.K.A Napa Valley


As I sit here on an early Sunday evening the rain is stopping and I have finished making my famous red sauce or gravy as some call it, with meatballs and braciola. Of course the famous part is all in my own mind. I decided we would need a good red wine to drink, one that can stand up to the heavy richness of the sauce. Normally I would pick out a bold Cabernet, tonight however, I chose a Zinfandel. Zinfandel is quite strong and usually carries a nice peppery finish that stands up to most foods; including my red sauce.  At the recommendation of a friend I recently tried Elyse Zinfandel A.K.A Napa Valley.  Wow…did I tell you I love my friend?  This wine is awesome!!  I think of earthy berry notes along with layers of spice and pepper that all meld perfectly together in this 2007 Zinfandel. The wine is graceful while packing its punch of flavor, a blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah.  It is also offers an aging life of 5-8 years in the cellar and as the Elyse Winery website tasting notes say, it is meant to be paired with rich, hearty dishes; like my sauce!   Pick up a bottle today, just under the $30 price point; it is well worth every dollar.  Also, check out the rest of the Elyse wine offerings at  I can’t wait to sample some of Elyse wines and definitely plan to visit the winery on my next trip to the valley in October.

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