Columbus is famous for plenty of things, including, of late, a craft-beer scene that's attracted a lot of attention (and rightly so).

Columbus is famous for plenty of things, including, of late, a craft-beer scene that's attracted a lot of attention (and rightly so).

When it comes to adult beverages, is wine next?

Another wine with local connections has joined the scene. This one's a zinfandel made from Sonoma County grapes by Scott Zanon, an Upper Arlington dweller who crafts the wine himself in California.

That's right, Zanon felt so strongly about his life-long drinking love, zinfandel (and his attempts to find the perfect bottle), that he decided to buy grapes and rent equipment and space from a family winery in Dry Creek Valley, then travel there to see the wine through himself.

Aging the juice in American oak and adding a bit of petite sirah, syrah and sangiovese (no more than 15 percent all together) creates a bold mouth-feel with a just-right oaky flavor in the 2011 Zanon Zinfandel ($19 at Hills Market Worthington).

A fun little tasting experiment (that requires no cooking): try a bite of chocolate between sips. Zinfandel and chocolate are a strong pairing, but this particular one might be especially. Since it's not overly tannic or alcoholic, you can pick out the different flavors between the two and each plays off the other well.

Its dry, berry-like fruity flavor seems to beg for something fresh off the grill, slightly charred.

And since California is zinfandel's home base, there's never been a better combination than to have one dreamed-up-and-distributed in Ohio.

Photo by Meghan Ralston