What we like best about the 2005 Rosenblum Planchon Vineyard Zinfandel, after its great flavor of course, is how well it pairs with food, or not. In the ideal world, one has a bottle of the 2005 Planchon Zinfandel to share with dinner and a second to while the night away. Rosenblum's Planchon Vineyard Zinfandel provides an outstanding complement to roast turkey and all the trimmings, steaks, pork roasts, spare ribs, and game. However, it may be most at home with traditional Mediterranean delights straight out of the brick oven. Southern Italian favorites such as baked ziti, eggplant or zucchini Parmigiana, lasagna, and manicotti provide great complements to this wine. After all, Zinfandel, or more accurately its ancestor Primitivo, thrives in southern Italy, where it marries perfectly with the tomato rich sauces of Italy's Mezzogiorno. Moreover, Zinfandel became the grape of choice in the United States among many Italian immigrant winemakers, and with good reason: They were able to mold Zinfandel in the last century and half into an American classic that paired beautifully with their food. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that Rosenblum's Zinfandels are made with good old-fashioned, hedonistic pleasure in mind, so they will complement both simple and sophisticated dinner party fare as well as provide a solitary respite from life's drudgery, with nothing but a glass to speak its praises. Nonetheless, we would be remiss not to call attention to the affinity this ripe, succulent Zinfandel has for handcrafted chocolates, especially dark chocolate truffles. In our experience no other wine pairs better with fine chocolate than great Zinfandel, so while you are finishing off that second bottle of the 2005 Planchon after dinner with family and friends, why not sneak in a piece or two of great chocolate from Lake Champlain or Leonidas Chocolatiers? To discover additional chocolate pairings or to learn more about one of life's other great pleasures, please visit our In Pursuit of Chocolate website at www.chocolatemonthclub.com, and enjoy more of the best that life has to offer.