The zombie apocalypse is upon us, and the only way to get out alive is to act like the enemy. You must shamble as they shamble, groan as they groan and drink what they drink — which, for the more sophisticated undead out there, is apparently a zinfandel.
Zombie Zin, which comes from the Chateau Diana winery in California, is a deep red wine that looks almost purple. It has a rich and musky scent that reminds the nose of warm fruit juice left out on a humid day. The scent isn’t unpleasant, but none of the flavors supposedly in the wine are discernible from the taste.
The tip tastes sweet, but not overbearingly so. The fruits and flavors aren’t easy to pick out on palate, but the richness of blackberry manages to muscle its way to the forefront. The middle of the sip reveals a flavor that meshes with the musky scent. The barely detectable blackberry is muted once again and more earthy flavors take its place.
Zombies clearly don’t possess the same standards that normal humans do, or else they’d know that tasting individual flavors is half the fun of drinking wine. But when the majority of someone’s diet is comprised of brains and human flesh, the subtleties of finer wines might be lost anyway.
Uninfected humans might find that substituting the brains with darker meats, such as a roast or barbecued meats, or even rich soups and stews, help the wine become more enjoyable.
Drink: Zombie Zin
Winery: Chateau Diana