Appetizers to serve with Zinfandel?
I'm having a wine tasting party and we will be tasting Zinfandel. Any suggestions on what I should serve for appetizers?
Anything grilled especially barbecued ribs or lamb chop lollipops with a chevre garnish. I also like grilled shrimp wrapped in pancetta with a spicy bbq sauce to dip. Zin is a great appetizer wine with full flavored appetizers. Don't be bashful with the pepper mill.
As for cheeses: Aged Cheddars (6 years and older), Chevre, roquefort, provolone val padana, and most especially, Parmesan Reggiano.
Interestingly, a great zinfandel is one of the most interesting red wines "on it's own", IMO, but it has many great food / appetizer matches including:
rich barbecues, grilled or roasted beef, turkey, pork.... it's a great match for "fast" foods like hamburgers and non-specific "pizza"...
Get creative and serve grilled rib-eye steakburgers with parmesan shavings and a dollop of your favorite bbq sauce, for example... sublime with a great zin...
Also, zinfandel handles outlier spices as well or better than most reds, IMO... which helps it match cuisines like moroccan that might not be a classic "red wine" match... whenever I see a classic red-wine ingredient (red meat for example), with unusual spices/seasonings, zinfandel is often a good bet...
hope this helps, please report back on your tasting notes,.