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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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  • Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • GEN5 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    GEN5 Zinfandel 2017
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    • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Cosentino The Zin 2017 Front Label
        Cosentino The Zin 2017
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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          • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from California
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            • Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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            • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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              • Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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              • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2017
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                • Paso Creek Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Paso Creek Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                  • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                    • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
                      Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                      Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Maggio Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                      Maggio Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                      • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                        Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2017
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                        • Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
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                          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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