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The 2010 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel, elegant and food-friendly, goes with barbecued ribs, steak frites, braised beef and vegetable pot pie. (Paso Robles Winery via Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2010 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel, elegant and food-friendly, goes with barbecued ribs, steak frites, braised beef and vegetable pot pie. (Paso Robles Winery via Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2010 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel

Central Coast

About $28

Elegant and food-friendly

Goes with: Barbecued ribs, steak frites, braised beef, vegetable pot pie.

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a bottle of Ridge Zinfandel, and it’s just as delicious as ever. This one comes from Paso Robles, where the 2010 growing season was unusually cool. The 2010 Paso Robles Zinfandel is food-friendly, tasting of dark berries and something woodsy. Tannins are soft, and it has a bit of elegance uncommon for a Zin. I’d drink it with barbecued ribs, steak frites, a traditional tafelspitz (boiled beef) or brasato al Barolo (in this case, al Zinfandel). But if you were making a root vegetable pie or some other rustic vegetable main course, it would work too.

— S. Irene Virbila,
Los Angeles Times

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