Chill out with a red? Yes! 7 Deadly Zins 2017 Zinfandel


With the onset of warm weather,

a wine drinker’s thoughts typically

turn to white wine or Rosé.   

But rules…especially wine rules…

are meant to be broken.

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price-

that-you-can-find recommendation, just in time

for the weekend. 

When the heat is on, you don’t normally

think of Zinfandel. 

But think again.




A red wine served at room temperature

can taste “flabby”, i.e., heavy, dull and boring.

This is especially the case during summer

when room temp can be higher than normal. 

The solution is easy:  chill your red wine. 

Pop the cork (or unscrew the cap) and

place your red wine in the refrigerator for

15-30 minutes before pouring.





We gave the 2017 Seven Deadly Zins the

before-and-after treatment. 


Before, at room temperature,

this wine was somewhat lifeless. 

The main thing we tasted was alcohol…

not surprising since this checks in

at 15% alcohol-by-volume. 


Then, after it spent 1/2 hour in the fridge,

the wine transformed. 

Slightly chilled, it showed a nice combination of

dark berry & milk chocolate flavors with

some spice and smoke rounding out the mix.


This is an extremely popular Zinfandel. 

Many wine drinkers refer to it as their house red. 

Medium bodied and slightly sweet,

it’s no surprise 7 Deadly Zins is a crowd pleaser. 

But again, we believe it’s much more pleasing

when it’s cooled down.   


You won’t have to work hard to find

the 2017 Seven Deadly Zins. 

Total Wine has it for $11.97. 

Costco’s price is two pennies more…$11.99.   

Fred Meyer carries it for $13.99. 

It’s on the shelf at QFC for $14.99 and at Safeway for $15.99. 

You can order it from Woods Wholesale Wine for $10.94  

Empire Wine lists it at $10.95     

and it’s at Vine Republic for $12.98