Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. The variety is planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Puglia (the "heel" of Italy), where it was introduced in the 18th century, as well as to the Croatian grapes Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, and became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name of uncertain origin.
Posts about Zinfandel
  • Pick My Next Bottle – 2007 Syrah Showdown

    … Non. Cayuse – Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles- 4 readers -
  • Thanksgiving Wine Classes

    …. Turley Blind Zinfandel Tasting at Cafe Tallulah in New York, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 This is with Wine Workshop which not only does excellent tastings but some pretty awesome (pricey too!) wine dinners with some of the world’s greatest wine producers..Since Turley’s debut vintage of 1993, it was quickly established that Turley Cellars was deadly…

    I Drink on the Job- 2 readers -
  • Italy: "wines of the moment"

    … in the Manduria zone like this delicious smoky vs dark Med red. M&S £10 Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2009 (14% abv) - Aglianico is another slightly obscure grape worth seeking out, and this example from the Basilicata region (in the deep south found between the two regions mentioned above) shows enticing liquorice and wild herb notes. The 2009 is looking…

    Richard Mark James/ Wine Writing- 2 readers -
  • My #ZinfandelDay experiences – [mostly value] Zinfandels

    … was traveling, so it was the whole different game. Once again, I was in California. As it was mentioned many times in this blog, when I’m in a close proxomity of Trader Joe’s which sells wine, then Trader Joe’s it is. So I went to Trader Joe’s and bought 3 different Zinfandel wines – two of the Trader Joe’s own labels, and Ravenswood. Literally next…

    Talk-A-Vino- 3 readers -
  • Le Beaujolais Nouveau est — inevitably — arrivé!

    The cash-cow of Beaujolais Nouveau jumped over the moon Thursday, the third Thursday of November being the regulated release day for the first wine after harvest of the gamay grapes in the bucolic French region of Beaujolais. Much ink had been expended in maligning the supposedly fresh fruity quaff, especially in its role of submerging or obliterating recognition of the fine wi ...

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 2 readers -
  • 2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi

    … 2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel, Lodi This wine shows eucalyptus notes, a rubber band-like aroma, smoke, sassafras, vanilla, cinnamon stick and mild milk chocolate. Some fruit sweetness emerges in the mouth prior to the smoky finish. Not as jammy or fruitful as many California Zins. MSRP: $15 (November 2014) Wine Lines rating: 83 This entry…

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  • Two Renwood Zinfandels for You to Try

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014, was Natonal Zinfandel Day. On that day, I did enjoy a glass of Zinfandel from the Renwood Winery from Amador County in California, and was making notes so that I could let you know about this wine, and another Zinfandel wine that they produce. Zinfandel in California is characteristically a big red wine, with lots of jammy berry fruit flavours, and soft tannins.

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  • 2011 Rasa Chardonnay Dream Deferred – Bottle Notes

    … Rasa Vineyards is a relatively new winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. Founded in 2007 by brothers Pinto and Billo Naravane, Rasa specializes in Syrah-based wines but has also released Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Petite Verdot, Grenache and Mourvedre. There is also a second label known as PB Wines. Pinto is the Managing…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • Exceptional wines for any kind of dinner event

    … giving hierarchy. There should be something for every person you know for any kind of dinner event. Let’s begin with Stemmari Wines. This company is helping out our fallen heroes by partnering with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) in honor of the Allied Invasion of Sicily in World War II. The Sicilian wine brand donates part…

    Linda Kissam/ FoodWineTravelChix- 2 readers -
  • Wining through the holidays…

    It’s that time of year again. The “holidays”. You throw a party, or you go to a party. For a huge meal. It could be a traditional roast turkey, accompanied by stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Or it could be roast goose or duck, or a Honeybaked ham. Or (shudder) a turducken.

    Goddess of Wine- 1 readers -
  • Celebrating India's Wines

    … Nine Hills Chenin Blanc 15.6 KRSMA Estates Chardonnay 15.4 SDU Deva Chardonnay Reserva 15.3 Seagram's Nine Hills Viognier 14.9 Grover Zampa Sauvignon Blanc 14.6 Sula Vineyards - Riesling 14.53 Sula Viognier 14.5 Sweet White Vallonné Vineyards Vin de Passerillage 14.9 Sula Late harvest Chenin Blanc 14.7 Rosé Sula Roé Zinfandel 14.75 Vallonne Rosé…

    Sommelier India- 1 readers -
  • Red Velvet

    Red Velvet By Tameek|Cabernet Franc|Be the first to comment! Indeed. Cupcake Vineyard’s Red Velvet is a smooth and fruity combo of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m usually weary of blends sine it’s harder to gage how the wine will ultimately taste but I am pleasantly surprised by this mix.

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  • 1999 Turley California Zinfandel Zinfandel Old Vines

    … I decided to open a 15 year-old Zinfandel to celebrate Zinfandel Day. I read a review that the 1999 Zin would be great in seven to eight years. I wondered how it would fare after 15 years in the bottle. It was great. The dark ruby color wine had a sienna hue. The aroma reminded me of a black fruit salad. The taste reminded me of black cherries…

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