Hello juicy, perfectly rare tri-tip! Hello baked beans! Hello cheap sunglasses I’ll probably lose in the ocean! Hello summer! Meet my friend, Zenaida Cellars 2014 ZC Red, your new best friend. I know you’re going to get on like gangbusters. This well-rounded mix of syrah, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon is a meatavore’s dream, perfect for whatever you’re throwing on the ’cue this Saturday, even burgers. Fruit forward and approachable, it’s just a super yummy uncomplicated blend that begs to be part of all of your everyday “special” occasions. There ain’t nothing wrong with that!
Zenaida Cellars 2014 ZC Reda—$29; 1550 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles.
A friend of mine recently texted me a photo from a pool party she was attending ... in France. It was exactly what I imagined: a bunch of swanky, good-looking people sipping rose while a DJ spun a well curated playlist of dance music. Pshhhh! Fancy! Meanwhile, in 100-degree Paso Robles, I was kicking back with this pink beauty. Who had the last laugh? Well, that all depends. Do you think a blow-up pool and a bottle of bing cherry-meets-citrus rose constitutes a “soirée?” I do.
Grey Wolf Cellars 2015 Soul Mate—$22; 2174 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles.