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The 2009 Apothic Red is a good red wine to serve at parties because it's flavors will not only work well with a variety of foods, but the flavors are likely to be acceptable to preferences to a variety of wine drinkers. It's hard to find a wine that enough different people can enjoy but the 2009 Apothic Red is probably a good option to try. However, it may be better to avoid sweeter dishes when drinking the Apothic Red.
The moderate aromas of the Estancia Paso Robles are strong with red fruit, berries, and a little spice. This Zinfandel is dry with strong tannins and moderate flavors of dark fruit, berries, a hint of cinnamon, and perhaps a little smoke.
The Menage a Trois Red has very fruity, almost jammy flavors dominated by red berries, blackberries, and just a bit of plum. It's has a creamy or velvety texture that helps make it very smooth and enjoyable to drink. It's quite approachable as a drier red wine that is easy to drink either alone or with food. My wife praises it by saying that it's a wine that's 'worth the calories' to drink during the evening. The acidity is relatively soft, medium dry, is full bodied, and has dry tannins. It will probably taste better to most people if you give it a chance to breathe for a bit before drinking.
There's a great combination of berry, strawberry, and even a bit of orange flavors here. The The Pink Truck California 2007 has very soft tannins and very little acidity. Overall the balance between sweetness and dryness is fairly even, perhaps just a little on the sweet side. This makes the wine well-suited to a wide variety of foods and social situations. It's medium bodied with a very short length, making it an easy-going wine and very approachable.
Cline Cellars' California Zinfandel is a dry red wine that tastes about like what you might expect from a Zinfadel. Many, though, regard this Zinfadel as much too fruity - it's common to see it described as even being jammy because of the strong fruit flavors. If you're looking for a fruity Zinfadel, this will work well. On the down side, there is a strong medicinal tastes that appears up front which can be unpleasant.
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