Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Port
The Paso Wine Grand Tasting Tour was in Phoenix recently, and I was
invited to attend (thanks to EaterAZ.com). It was there that I got to taste Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Port. And what a port it is! Medium bodied, full fruit flavor, and just a hint of alcohol to add some tartness to it. This is definitely a port for sharing!
Peachy Canyon Vineyards is owned by Doug and Nancy Beckett and operated by their two sons Josh and Jacob. They focus their wines mostly on Zinfandels (but they also offer cabernets, malbecs, and a viognier), and that focus on Zinfandel produces an excellent Zinfandel Port
The fruit used to make the port is 100% zinfandel, and sourced completely from the Paso Robles appellation. The wine used for the Zinfandel Port is aged in barrels for several years which produces a medium, lightly sweet, and all-around delicious dessert wine. Alcohol content is 19.8%, but you’d never know. It’s very drinkable, and not overly sweet or syrupy.
This is the sort of port you can drink on its own. In fact, I tried pairing it with several items (fruit, chocolate, etc.) and it just didn’t go well with anything until I tried it with something that I rarely eat: white chocolate. Peachy Canyon’s Zinfandel Port pairs really well with white chocolate! It’s probably because the chocolate has a creamy taste to it, and that is offset by the slight tartness of the alcohol in the port.
And when’s the best time to drink it, you ask? With friends, on a warm afternoon, sitting on a terrace that looks out over the vineyards. Glasses of port along with bites of white chocolate would be the perfect ending to the perfect dinner on the terrace. So before summer winds down, gather your friends, have dinner on the terrace and share a glass of port and white chocolate. It'll become one of those really good memories.
I rate this one as Halfway to Heaven:
Give it a try! http://www.peachycanyon.com/