This blend’s a thrill
When guests drop by Red Bird in Waltham with a hankering for hearty winter dishes, Geoffrey Arvanitis might offer a delicious glass of red from a svelte black bottle. The beverage director and general manager is pouring a 2012 zinfandel blend made by Hahn Family Wines, founded by California wine pioneer Nicky Hahn, with grapes grown in the Golden State’s Central Valley. The wine’s playful name, “Boneshaker,” refers to the thrill of taking a teeth-rattling ride down cobblestones on a wrought-iron bicycle.
“Zinfandel is great this time of year,” says Arvanitis, who explains that this blend — made with witha touch of cabernet sauvignon, and high in alcohol (15 percent) — is just right with chilly-weather fare. Arvanitis likes the fact that it’s well balanced, “with plum, licorice, and a bit of cherry cola that is often not found in other zinfandels.”
The beverage director recommends Boneshaker ($11 a glass, $44 a bottle) to go with boneless beef short rib with creamy polenta and cabernet reduction, or a grilled hanger steak with bone-marrow butter. Cozy pairings like these might inspire you to redub the wine “bonewarmer” and save actual bicycle adventures for the spring. Red Bird, 361 Moody St., Waltham, 781-891-5486, www.redbird waltham.com ELLEN BHANG