Nina Caplan is the 2018 and 2014 Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year and the 2014 Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year for her columns on drink in the New Statesman, and the author of The Wandering Vine: Wine, The Romans and Me, published by Bloomsbury. She tweets as @NinaCaplan.
Yet Zinfandel is still misunderstood.
Most such tipples are noticeably lacking in fans beyond their native national borders.
Now is the perfect time to take to the bottle.
Wine, that much-touted national product, turns out to be an unhelpful symbol for patriots.
This over-productive area in France was once responsible for most of our easy drinking.
So convival is traditional punch that even its five ingredients party together in the bowl.
Featuring histories and tasting guides, booze-soaked memoirs, and a global tour of natural wineries.
The most valuable cognacs are stored in a cellar called a Paradis.
While the mind has an eye, it lacks a nose.
Sun-loving, late-ripening, high in tannin and acidity, it makes wines that can take decades to soften.