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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel's story begins in Croatia in the 1400s when it went by the names, Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. In the 1700s, it made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit. The modern spelling of Zinfandel first appeared in 1852 and became standard about a decade later.

Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quakity like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secrets for Zinfandel

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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    • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
      • TP90
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    • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • JS94
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      • JD92
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    • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • CG90
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    • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • JD92
      • WW91
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    • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
      • WW89
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    • Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from California
      • JD92
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    • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
      • WW92
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    • Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
      • RP97
      • V95
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    • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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          • Hendry HRW Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
            Hendry HRW Zinfandel 2019
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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            • The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
              The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019
              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Baron Herzog Old Vine Zinfandel (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
                Baron Herzog Old Vine Zinfandel (OU Kosher) 2019
                Zinfandel from California
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                • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                  Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2019
                  Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                  • Decoy Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Decoy Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                    • Three Wine Company Red Label Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                      Three Wine Company Red Label Zinfandel 2019
                      Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                      • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                        Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2019
                        Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                        • Camp Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                          Camp Zinfandel 2019
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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