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
    • Five Years of a Full Pull

      In October Seattle’s Full Pull Wines celebrated its five-year anniversary with one person I spoke to traveling all the way from California for the sold-out event (read a Focus Report from Full Pull's early days here). Below, I talk with friend and former blogger Paul Zitarelli about the impetus for Full Pull, where the company has gone over the last five years, and what’s next.

      Sean P. Sullivan/ Washington Wine Reportin Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
    • Indie Wines – The Paso Garagiste Festival 2014

      Photo by Tom Lake I recently returned from two days at the Paso Garagiste Festival. This is the event’s fourth year, and it has grown leaps and bounds since I wrote about the inaugural event in 2011. That year, 44 wineries participated in a one-day event; now it is a four day event. This year 60 wineries alone poured on Saturday, November 8 at the Grand Tasting; another 19 wi ...

      WineFashionista- 8 readers -
  • Wine of the Week

    … Ravenswood, the well-known zinfandel producer in Sonoma County. Made from an unspecified blend of petite sirah, carignane, zinfandel, syrah, barbera, alicante bouschet and mourvedre grapes, the wine sports a deep ruby color and enticing aromas of ripe blackberries, red and black currants and blueberries, these notes highlighted by elements…

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  • What We Have Been Drinking—12/22/2014

    … over blown and exaggerated. Well, then I fell asleep (no, I did not pass out) for a bit and then revisited. Showing a lot more complexity after the hour of air time, to the point of being Very Good, maybe Outstanding-ish. 88-90 Points. 2010 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard: Retail $25. Cassis, vanilla and black cherry Kool-Aid on the nose, big…

    the drunken cyclistin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Merlot- 2 readers -
  • The Week in Zinfandel (12/15/14)

    … Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers! Wine Values & Bargains reviews the 2012 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Howell Mountain Zinfandel. Comstock’s Magazine writes Taste the Vineyard. Planet Grape writes Zinfandel…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chronicles- 4 readers -
  • Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 22, 2014

    … A- >>find this wine<< 09 Nieto Senetiner Terroir Blend Malbec (Mendoza): Brambly, licorice-filled, topped with mint, and reveling in its sense of power. $30 B+ >>find this wine<< 13 Bayten Chardonnay (Constantia): It puts the lime in the coconut, and then serves you homemade butterscotch cookies for dessert. $20 B…

    1 Wine Dude- 3 readers -
  • Friday Wine Tastings Tonight In Portland! December 19, 2014

    …! Here’s the line up: Blanc de Blancs NV Grand Reserve Brut NV 2007 Millesime Flight of 3, $25elebrating Famous Female Firsts of the Northwest The Portland Bottle Shop Bordeaux 5-7:30, $10 Portland Wine Merchants BEST OF SPAIN 2014! Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat & more 4:30-7:30, $15 Storyteller Wine Co. Bubbles and Bordeaux…

    Portland Oregon Wine- 3 readers -
  • Zinfandel poised for growth

    … Some wine varieties in California are permanently popular with the population. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, for example. In now, in last year, and they’ll be in next year. Then there are varieties that seem to come and go in cycles, and of them none more so than Zinfandel. It’s had more ins and outs than—well, I won’t go there. But Zin…

    STEVE HEIMOFFin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir- 9 readers -
  • 2004 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard – Bottle Notes

    … 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 and decided to purchase…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • 2010 Laura Michael Wines Zinfandel

    … be sampled for $10. We opted for the seven current releases, which mostly included Zinfandel’s. Chris and I were pleased so we bought a few bottles to take home. Sight Medium color depth with a ruby hue. Smell Moderate aromas of spice, blackberry, dark fruit, and black pepper. Taste Dry, medium-bodied with lively acidity and the tannins were soft…

    Bill Thompson/ Bills Wine Wandering- 5 readers -
  • Five Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover in your Life

    … will be crab-centric with our coast’s bounty featured in reception, first course, and second course dishes. The only course likely to miss the kiss of crab will be dessert. McFadden, of course, produced the California State Fair Wine Competition’s Best of Show Sparkling Wine, so a McFadden bubbly will start the night off as the reception wine. The first…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 3 readers -
  • Kettle Valley Winery proves reds can work in British Columbia

    … are accomplishing that. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, they also grow Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Petite Sirah. In the Similkameen Valley, the pair have established another vineyard, where they are successfully growing Zinfandel. Their newest vineyard is adjacent to the Great Northern Railroad, so they named the land their Great…

    Great Northwest Wine- 5 readers -
  • Ordering Wine In Restaurants: A Survival Guide

    … bargains by being a bit unconventional. Instead of the standard Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, you can try different varietals or countries. For example, for a white, try a Riesling, Fume Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc. For a red try a California Zinfandel or anything from Chile. Advice From Your Server -- Should you ask for guidance from your server? I must…

    Toledo Wines and Vinesin Sauvignon Blanc- 7 readers -
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