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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  • Robert Biale Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

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  • All right. You have found friends, here.  I am a California wine bigot and ... ... and will trade Cabernet, Zinfandel and Syrah stories all night.  Duncan, who first greeted you, does a good job of exploring and reporting on old world wines.  There are a couple threads here on the Forum where you can check out what we have been drinking, lately... Read More

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  • Hello, it's actually both of us. Mostly like big bolder wines Cabs Zinfandel getting more accustomed to Syrahs. We love all sorts. Have learned to enjoy some lighter whites in the summer. Not love but like. Do not like Chardonnay at least haven't found one we like yet. Hiw about you guys Read More

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  • Hoping to get more exposure to different opinions on wine and did pairings Read More

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  • Barrel Axe Zinfandel California 2013


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    Wine review by Jack Tone

  • Mockingbird Hill Reserve Dry Creek Valley Sanoma County Zinfandel 2013


    A nice spicy Zinfandel with a peppery, blackberry flavor up front and a smooth finish with a hint of minerality. A nice vale in a very drinkable wine. Read More

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  • Sorry guys, missed this thread. The party went well. Over much too quickly ... ... an '83 Hacienda Del Rio Zinfandel and later a '13 Quivet Las Madres Syrah and an '03 Chateau Montelena Estate Cab. Foxall brought a Magnum of '07 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo that was brilliant.Oh, and there were bubbles. Mags of Roederer Estate Brut and Brut R... Read More

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  • The Chesters Anvil Zinfandel is amazing. Read More

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  • Life is good Mark!Tonight I am enjoying a 2012 Bedrock Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel. Just lovely after a few hours open. Read More

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