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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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    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
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  • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
    Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Lodi, 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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  • Mettler Family Vineyards Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Mettler Family Vineyards Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Lodi, 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 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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  • 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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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
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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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  • Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bear Flag Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
    Bear Flag Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Three Wine Company Live Oak Zinfandel 2015
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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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  • Opaque Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
    Opaque Zinfandel 2015
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    Decoy Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Acre Zinfandel 2017
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