Name of varietal: Zinfandel
Common synonyms: Primitivo, Crljenak Kaštelanski (Croatia, believed to be its root), White Zinfandel, Zin, Blush, Zinfendal
Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is likely the same grape as Zinfandel. In 2002, DNA testing proved that California Zinfandel has the same genetic structure as the Croatian Crljenak Kastelanski, which is likely its origin.
History of the grape: Zinfandel was originally brought over to the US from the Imperial Austrian plant collection by horticulturalist George Gibbs in 1820. There are records of a Boston, Massachusetts nursery selling “Zinfandal” vines for sale in the 1830s. During this time it had become a popular table grape in the Northeast. In the 1840s, it was transported to California during the Gold Rush. It became an abundant crop due to the ease in which it’s grown, requiring minimal pruning and no Read more »

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  • I'm thinking about having another Old Vine Offline (Zinfandel) night sometime in the near future if anyone is interested. Been stocking up. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown

  • Chariot Gypsy Red NV


    Unbelievably smooth, dry but not drying, peppery finish.. Awesome. Buy it at Trader Joes Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler

  • This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, ... ... on the effects of White Zinfandel on the public perception of rosé (some claim that the popularity of White Zin has led many to believe that all pink wines are sweet and cheap), many serious wine drinkers still refuse to pay much more than $10 for a bottle of rosé.... Read More

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... ... always liked it--along with Zinfandel.  OK, I have always liked most red wines.  Since I have started monitoring and participating in Snooth I have definintely increased the percentage of Syrah in my inventory because I like Syrah and have read some great recommendation, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Had a hankering for a Zinfandel last night. Last year I needed to pay down some debt so I sold off some of my cellar. Damned if most of my Zinfandel didn't find a new home. As a result the number of good bottles of Zin in possession has been meek. This Turley was great though and for the $25 tariff was economical as well. Read More

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  • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Sounds like it was a lot of fun, Darren.  I'm not surprised that you ... ...  Everybody knows my Zinfandel prejudice.  Seghesio is a very solid maker.  The other thing, though, is that the "Sonoma" bottling is their lowest priced offering (around here I can usually find it for about $20), and, as often as not, I think it is superior to many of... Read More

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  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, this is good!".  Maybe it was partly being in a place like Stage versus my subdued dining room, as the Petit Verdot was very nice also.  I do readily admit that after a few sips of that Seghesio, it was a no-brainer high note to end on.  The Sonoma is $33 here and funny, the ... Read More

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  • That was quite a nice little Pinot Noir party there DV.  Did you finish ... bottles and also down that Zinfandel afterwards at the tapas / wine bar?  Good thing you were walking. &nbs Read More

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  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It ... ... of the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel.  Damn, wine of the night!&nbs Read More

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  • In your recent article you are to be missing the Fanucchi Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley! It seems to have quite a hidden following an a snooth entry at: http://www.snooth.com/wine/fanucchi-vineyards-russian-river-valley-fanucchi-wood-road-vineyard-old-vine-zinfandel/

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  • I have enjoyed some excellent Zins from Ravenwwood in Sonoma, CA. Especially their Vineyard Designate series. Could you review a few of these sometime soon?

    Comment by 196612Al Faison 196612 Al Faison

  • Hey all you zin drinkers check out www.wineguerrilla.com

    Comment by 85141wineguerrilla 85141 wineguerrilla

  • Harlow Ridge Zinfandel when you can get it is an excellent wine, the best that I have tasted by this vitner.

    Comment by 391170Mikeycee 391170 Mikeycee

  • Zin page needs updating DNA analysis says original is from Croatia Also stories that when Primitivo and Zin are grown in same vineyard the Zin ripens two weeks later

    Comment by 186654haxeyhood 186654 haxeyhood

  • want a delicious bottle of wine with cherry, chocolate and even coffee notes from washington??? i tried this along with my fellow bartenders, and we fell in love.... it is now on our winelist!!! HOWLING WOLFE ZINFANDEL made by THURSTON WOLFE 2007 this vino is from horse heaven hills. It is increadable!!! i suggest to let it breathe for a while b...

    Comment by 346464vinoniki 346464 vinoniki

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