It is finished.  The last challenge letter is ‘z’ and I am toasting it appropriately with my favorite Zinfandel.

Zinfandel was not a wine that I appreciated until I found this one.  The following is the blog post I wrote in February of 2011.

I have found a zinfandel that I like and ’7 Deadly Zins’ is its name. A product of the Lodi region of California, and produced by Michael-David Winery, it derives its name from the seven vineyards that supply the grapes to produce it.

This is the first zinfandel that I have tasted that wasn’t weak. Perhaps I’ve been trying the wrong vintages, but this one surprised me.

My husband and I spent an evening swirling, sniffing, gargling and sipping the thick dark liquid that had body and clung to the side of the wine glass, in no obvious hurry to slide back into the mix. We picked up scents of plum, leather, black cherry and cola. The oak tannins lingered long enough to make it suitable for smoked meats, while its spicy, peppery bite wasn’t overwhelming. It makes a good sipping wine as well, very satisfying on its own.

During warm weather we like to grill outdoors. We also use a smoker and are particularly fond of smoked beef brisket. And the wine of choice for our next barbecue will be 7 Deadly Zins.

If you pick up a bottle, check out the poem on the back that was written by Kevin Phillips, one of the next generation of wine makers in the Phillips family.  Quite enjoyable. But then, good wine is poetry in a glass, n’est pas?

With barbecue season upon us, this is the perfect wine.  And I think that I should definitely celebrate the completion of this challenge with a nice spicy jerk chicken, fresh vegetables, and a glass of this rich zinfandel.

Cheers to you all for taking this journey with me.  If you have noticed, I failed to reply to comments, though I read and enjoyed each one.  Time is a factor in blogging as most of you will attest to.  I chose to use the time to visit your sites and leave my comments there.  I will back to normal with the next post, which will probably be a week or so in coming.

A daily post is a challenge – not only to the writer but to the reader.  I can’t thank you enough for your patience and kindness in cheering me on.