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 »

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  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient ... ... Vineyards Special Reserve Zinfandel with Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries  Coming out of California’s Amador County, this Zinfandel is a bit more tempered than others from the region. While it still carries plenty of big fruit flavors, the 13.9% ABV hints at the ... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)


  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by tomlib


  • Ca Momi Rosso di Napa 2013

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    Fairly basic and benign red blend from Napa. Pretty much one dimensional with black currant and ripe blackberry. Tannins are very light weight and the finish is fairly short - about what one would expect for the price, did well as a base liquid for beef stew. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Today I bought a case of Three Wine Co. Live Oak Zinfandel.  I took another vintage of this to OT's Old Vine Old Wine Offline a while back and, at $20, it is a serious bargain and an adventure.  Matt Cline (one of the Clines of the eponymous winery) and some other makers saved two out of the ten acres (so, less than a hectare) of 125 year old pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I am aware that Earthquake is a Zinfandel-based wine, and even though I am a Zinfandel bigot but I can't say that I have tried it. Earthquake from the Michael~David Winery in Lodi is a wine I've been drinking lately. It's darn tasty EMARK and while I doubt it's right up your alley; it'd make a good data point in your ongoing research. ;-) Read More

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  • Charles Michael makes an awesome Zinfandel. My wife and I just love to pop open a bottle of Earthquake with an afternoon snack, Definitely in a class of its own.    Read More

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  • Welcome LadyW,It's always good to have new people who can bring other ... ... you like to have with your Zinfande Read More

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  • Welcome, LW.  We are pleased to have you here.I am aware that Earthquake is a Zinfandel-based wine, and even though I am a Zinfandel bigot but I can't say that I have tried it. Read More

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  • Earthquake Zinfandel 2010

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    Wine review by ladywillow


  • Hi there, I kind of stumbled into this site - hoping to gain more knowledge on wines and expand the repertoire a bit.  A search for one of my favorite wines, Earthquake by Charles Michael vineyards in Lodi CA brought me here.  I'm a foodie, so I'm pretty happy this site talks a lot of food accompaniments and has recipes to try out.    Read More

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