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 enjoying some Zinfandel today.  I had a friend (Steve) visit from California this afternoon and we played pool in my basement.  The Zin was ready to be drunk.   Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2012


    Berry-infused entry to the tongue and palate. Very nice tartness mid-palate. Not terribly full-bodied and light on tannin, but a darned easy to drink wine. This one is a winner. Then, when I look at the price I paid, I realize that it is a ridiculously great winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Geisha Red


    Notes of peppered black cherry on the nose; dark berries on the palate. Jammy, but not overpowering. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by onegirloneglassoneworld

  • I love blue cheese with both Syrah and Zinfandel. Though I'll eat just about anything with Syrah and Zin. Don't let anyone tell you hat you are supposed to like Randy! Read More

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  • Last night we enjoyed a Duckhorn wine, specifically the 2011 Paraduxx Zinfandel / Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  A very nice wine indeed, although I would rather drink one of their cabs.  Our meal consisted of pasta and salad, and after watching Jeopardy, I opened the first release of the 2008 RdV Lost Mountain wine for a taste.  Again I would prefe... Read More

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  • Salmon Creek White Zinfandel 2012


    I live in Minnesota and have to order it online... Read More

    Wine review by grannyrosey

  • Secret Santa 2015 is now in process with 10 forum members participating.  The bottles were all shipped and have been delivered.  It looks like we shall open our gifts / taste the wine on Black Friday, 27 November 2015.  The date is not official yet though, so stay tuned.  Official participant listing:JONDERRY - received giftOUTTHERE - received g... Read More

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  • Old Moon Zinfandel Old Vine 2013


    Wonderful 7 dollar price point for such an enjoyable Zinfandel. Black plum and spicy notes with a hint of vanilla. Strong flavor of the Bing cherry we all love. Very much a fruit bomb with a lingering taste of the above composited.Go get some, you will not be disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Hillside 2013


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    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Franzia Zinfandel California White Zinfandel 2003


    I like this wine because I can pair it with sweet foods. I also like that it's not too strong and I can drink it with most dinners. It stays fresh and lasts longer than most bottled wines. I was surprised to find out that I liked a boxed wine since I had not had good experiences with other boxed wines. Read More

    Wine review by LovelyRaindrop

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