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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 was born in Croatia and later 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.

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 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2015
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018 Front Bottle Shot
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2018
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  • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Marietta Roman Estate Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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    Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016
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  • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Beran Napa Valley Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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