Raw, adjective: 10. not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey

Last night over Christmas dinner we had the pleasure of drinking a lot of ridiculously good wines. Gotta love Christmas for giving you an excuse to pull out the big hitters. The night was actually bookended by a little local red zin, though - a bottle we popped open early in the evening to sip on while baking, and another that, following some big cabs and a little bubbly, finished out the evening. I woke up this morning and the first thing I thought of (well, the second thing, actually; the first thing being the vague ache in my temples as I hit snooze for the twelfth time) was how damn *good* that little zin was. I can still remember that first impression rolling around in my mouth; the little raspberry brambles and the fuzziness of the berries just filling my tastebuds.

So if you're looking for a nice little Napa wine, or just want an excuse to find a package full of vino sitting on your doorstep, check out the D-Cubed website and order a few little post-Christmas treats for yourself. It's really a delicious little find, and a great introduction to red zinfandels if you haven't had much of them in the past.

You can find the site here, along with the vintner's back story and a few cute little quirks: D-Cubed Cellars

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