Wine for your weekend: QuarantWINE #1

Well that escalated quickly!

Last weekend, we changed our travel plans after the show we were traveling to see was cancelled, but at the time it seemed a general inconvenience and out of (if you remember the phrase everyone was using just seven days ago!) an abundance of caution.

I can’t be the only one who felt like time both sped up and slowed down in equal parts this week!

A week later, no one is saying an “abundance of caution” anymore. It’s instead become if we do not do these common sense things than the whole state may need to shelter in place.

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There’s not currently a shelter in place order in Minnesota, but this week bars and restaurants were closed for everything but take out or delivery, and it seems likely that other “non-essential” businesses may be asked to follow suit shortly.

As bars were closing, a subsequent run on liquor stores took place. You thought people were stressed about not having enough toilet paper!? That’s nothing compared to people not having their drink of choice in the middle of self quarantine!

Not that I ever thought I’d compare these two things…but we always have more wine in our house than toilet paper. And being adequately supplied in both, seems like there’s not better time to just stay home, open a bottle of wine, and tune out the world for a while! So in the weeks ahead, I’ll be featuring some “QuarantWINES” for your beverage pleasure in the midst of these difficult times. Some are new, some are old favorites, all should be easily accessed and well stocked at your local liquor store when you need to go out for those “essential” errands.

First up… Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 

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I’m a self-proclaimed zinfandel lover, so invariably there’s always at least one zin around the house. However, I like Klinker Brick because it’s not quite the stereotypical, “jammy,” offering many expect.

Klinker Brick Zinfandel is a punch in the mouth, with 15.9% alcohol and sharp tannins that pierce through the first notes of anything that might be described as fruity, full-bodied, or jammy. Give the wine about 20 minutes, as after decanting, the complexity and depth of the wine really begin to open up, revealing a plush, smooth flavor much different from the first few sips.

The “Old Vines” used in Klinker Brick are over 80 years old, and the small yields from the well established vines are more concentrated in flavor and the characteristics of the wine growing region. That said, the potent nature of the wine will potentially over power many tradition meal pairings. It’s a good after dinner wine to stand alone on its own, or punch back with a square or strong dark chocolate.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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