Zinfandel

 

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 »

View More

Popular Zinfandel wines

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Popular Regions for Zinfandel View all

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Dry Creek Valley

    The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Na...

  • San Luis Obispo County

      San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at ...

  • El Dorado County

    The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado Count...

  • Russian River Valley

    The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the ...

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

Popular Wineries using Zinfandel

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Canyon Road Winery

    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

Page 4 of 1,000

Zinfandel on Snooth

  • Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Last industry trade of the Testarossa Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012 Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Turley Zinfandel Juvenile 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Ready to enjoy now, but worthy of a few years of age. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • I should have used an emoticon rather than rely on other posters who have read ... that ripen more evenly than Zinfandel, say, but even ripening is never a sure thing and it's the willingness to sacrifice  yield for quality that makes wineries' reputations. I once asked Clay Mauritson about hand harvesting and dry farming in Rockpile.  He said... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Glimpse Of Sonoma County...


  • We concluded this weekend with another day of cleaning around the house.  ... a 2010 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel today that Sandra really likes.  I don't think I will buy the Dominican Oaks cab again, but the Ridge is a good wine.  Of course, everyone in these forums already know tha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Perry Creek Winery 'Altitude 2401 Legacy' Zinfandel NV

    Snoothrank:

    Great Zin. Read More

    Wine review by RFlannery


  • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, a little lighter than I normally ... that reminds me more of a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. Midpalate, the takes transitions to some warm spice and floral notes, while the young, yet smooth tannins support a long, warm, dry finish.See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpe... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • RLM, if you are truly looking for Italian red wines, then you can't go ... ... perfectly happy with their Zinfandel and their Petite Sirah.  I'm pretty sure these come in right around $10.  For a few bucks more, they have some red blends called Essential Red and Phantom.Good luck, and let us know if any of these suggestions work out.  Actually... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • Hello all!Put together a nice little timeline of photo's from over the past several weeks in Sonoma County. I really do love Harvest time each year. Obviously in CA everyone is freaking out a little at the prospect of being fined, so I enjoy my new title of 'intern' for a couple of weeks to make sure safety is a must. http://www.britwit.co/britw... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Glimpse Of Sonoma County...


  • Can anyone recommend a good "Diego" Red table wine? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • Hello all, Interested to know what your favorite bottle or label designs are on a wine. Thinking a little outside the box here, not just pretty and aesthetically pleasing but pushing the boundaries of what is 'expected' for a wine. Here's my list:Wine & Design: 25 Incredibly Creative Wine Bottle Designs  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Creativity in label and...


prev 1 2 3 4 5 6  ...  1000 next




Best Wine Deals

  • $27.88
    27%off
    Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees Lieu Dit Malakoff
    Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees Lieu Dit Malakoff 2004
  • $19.29
    20%off
    Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Monterey County Arroyo Seco
    Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Monterey County Arroyo Seco 2007
See More Deals »

Zinfandel Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Zinfandel wine ratings and reviews






Snooth Media Network