For blackened, spicy Southern cooking, turn to the Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel.
You could also grab a bottle of sparkling and not at all be wrong or disappointed – but there is something outstanding about this Zin that cozies up to soul food.
The blackened catfish from Tupelo Honey has a spicy roundhouse kick that compliments the Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel in the same way Nathaniel Ratecliff and the Night Sweats compliments an evening in sweats with a glass of it. Or three. Which, hypothetically, you may need after an outdoor dining experience with extreme gusts of wind blowing menus, napkins, and your sanity up in the air.
*we had tupelo honey to go after a disasterous attempt to dine on the patio with our toddler + 7 year old on a windy afternoon so we boxed up our dinner.
Give it a Swirl
Price: an exceptional wine under $25
Pair it: Anything southern and spicy, like blackened catfish or shrimp and grits with spicy andouille sausage
Have it delivered: Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel on Wine.com – they will ship it to your doorstep, and their annual stewardship program includes free shipping