Some of the Zinfandel vines are centuries old, brimming with flavor
Zinfandel is a food-friendly wine, pairable with a variety of Beef, Pork, Game, Lamb, Chicken, Fowl, Cheese, Pizza, and other dishes. It is usually a highly alcoholic, fruity red wine but some like it white. I don't. It is the second most-widely planted red grape in California, and found in many other areas of the world.
Among the recommended California Zinfandels are the Ravenswood, Sonoma County Old Vine for about $18. This acidic wine has cherry and raspberry flavors and can be aged for 5 to 10 years. Lolonis and Fife Vineyards at about $18 a bottle. If you can spend about that much for a half bottle consider the Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel with its powerful boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice, and toasted herb tastes. You can age this wine up to about 8 years. In the same price range the De Loach Forgotten Vines is unforgettable with a great plummy taste. Take a look at their Nova Vineyard Zinfandel which offers blueberry and cocoa for about the same price. I don't care for White Zinfandel. Perhaps I'm missing a good one and am always ready to taste and change my mind. Let me know if you disagree.