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Clos du Bois Zinfandel

Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2009

This past weekend was the last official weekend of summer. Cooler weather had come through my area and it felt more like a fall weekend than a summer weekend. I decided to make the best of the two with dinner. My plan was to grill a Hormel® Always Tender® Apple Bourbon marinated pork tenderloin since grilling is associated with summer. I enjoy the pre-marinated tenderloin when I do not have the time to marinate one myself. To go with it I made homemade shells and cheese, a variation of mac and cheese, a fall/winter comfort food.

Heirloom TomatoI also had one last beautiful organic heirloom tomato I had purchased at the market. I sliced the tomato and it was a great summer side to the pork tenderloin. For the bread to go along with the meal I tried a new small artisan loaf I found at my local grocery store. The bread was delicious and the right size for the two of us.

The next decision was the wine. Zinfandel seemed to be the right choice to go along with the grilled pork tenderloin. The BBQ flavor of the Apple Bourbon marinade just asked for a Zin.

Clos du Bois Zinfandel North Coast 2009 is the choice I made to go with the meal. Why did I choose this zinfandel? I have to be honest and say it was a cross between knowing the Clos du Bois wines are good ones and that it was on special at the store. I was not disappointed in my choice. The dark berry flavors and hint of spice was a good match with the grilled pork. It is a full-bodied wine and would work wonderfully with any grilled meat. The tannins were right for my taste. The wine was balanced and I enjoyed it sipping before, during, and after my meal. I will purchase this wine again.

One side note about Clos du Bois. I went to a small local sushi restaurant with my friend Terry. (Yes, I love sushi, but that is another post). When she ordered her wine, a Clos du Bois Chardonnay, the waitress corrected her pronunciation of the wine and said “No, you mean Close to Boys“. It was hysterical. We will now forever smile when we see Clos du Bois and think “Close to Boys”.

Have you tried this Zinfandel? What is your favorite Zin? I am always on the lookout for good wine so let me know what I should put on my shopping list. Cheers! 


Sunday 14th of February 2016

I love this wine but I can only find it at Target which is an hour away from my house so don't get it too often. I picked it beacsue I loved its snarky name(which FYI is how I choose my wines).

Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign)

Tuesday 27th of September 2011

it was more like " cloze du boyz" . The fact that she took the initiative to correct me was the best part. :)


Tuesday 27th of September 2011

I thought she said Close to Boys. Oh well. Cloze du Boyz is still very wrong and funny!!


Wednesday 21st of September 2011

I'm excited to try the pork!!


Wednesday 21st of September 2011

It is the only pre-marinated pork/meat I use. Hope you enjoy it also. Should be in the meat section of your grocery store.

amy @ fearless homemaker

Tuesday 20th of September 2011

ha! funny story about the waitress. i pronounce it cloh du bwah although my french admittedly isn't so great. =) zin-wise, i love seven deadly zins + gnarly head zin + shooting stars zin. love spicy ones, especially with red meat + in the fall/winter!


Tuesday 20th of September 2011

Thanks Amy! I've tried Seven Deadly Zins and Gnarley Head. I will be on the lookout for Shooting Stars Zin.