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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  • A good Cabernet Sauvignon will make anyone's day a better one.  We are ... are drinking a 2012 Repris Zinfandel tonight after watching the grandkids for 3 hour Read More

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  • Camden Place Paso Robles 'Highland Red' 2013


    a very pleasant "Ziny" with others and blended to keep you happily drinking till long after you should not. Read More

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  • Josh Cellars Legacy Red 2012


    This has sat untouched laying down for months. It has melded together well, marrying all the fruits, oak, herbal and spice components well. Not a big or complicated wine it drank easily. Read food wine. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

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  • Some new additions:2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" Puglia2013 Halcon Tierra ... Valley2013 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfande Read More

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  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Paso Robles Incredible Red 2008


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  • Yeah, the Abu Dhabi GP is in late November, this year, and will not conflict ... for me to just hand carry my Zinfandel (and, yes, more than likely it will be one of OT's recommendations).  Dropping Bernie's name, if he's not around when we first arrive, generally allows us to circumvent niggling local laws or custom Read More

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  • I'm with Foxall, in that $2.50/bottle seems out of line.  I guess, ... ... to deliver the bottle of Zinfandel that I have stored in New York City to me when I dine in Abu Dhabi, then I can see where your service is exceptionalI apologize for the sarcasm in the first paragraph, Wilfred, but the next thing I have to ask is are there really that ... Read More

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  • Edmeades Perli Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge 2013


    Rich blackberry and a hint of mushroom on the nose here with some confectioner's sugar and cinnamon spice. Thick and rich on the palate, this carries a fair bit of acidity along with the notes of chocolate and blackberry preserves ending with some oaky and spicy notes and a sharp heat. Read More

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  • I'm not sure that extravaganza is the right word, Al.  We had a ... ... ... to me. So, out came the Zinfandel.Now, Al, we have, of course, never met.  That technicality notwithstanding you should know that I am a ZINFANDEL LOVER.  Which wine do you think I liked most?:-)Regarding the afternoon tasting, I really am not inclined to pick a favor... Read More

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