noun, often capitalized
\ ˈzin How to pronounce zin (audio) \
variants: or Zin
plural zins or Zins

Definition of zin

: zinfandel It's fairly delicate in mouthfeel for a Zin, with a light silkiness …Wine Enthusiast Magazine Americans are hooked on varietal names. So much so that we make cute diminutives out of them, like chard and cab and zin and pinot. For those of you indifferent to the grape, they stand for chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and pinot noir.— Frank J. Prial

Examples of zin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As one’s relationship with wine can evolve from something like childhood romance (in my case, white zin) into something nuanced, special and sophisticated (dry, tannin-rich cabernet), coffee, too, says Moore, has its own gateway. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Unreal Coffee: Starbucks is so popular it’s turning baristas into forensic detectives," 16 Aug. 2019 The biggest draw of the region is old vine zin, but the 550,000-acre American Viticultural Area or AVA is also awash in chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, "California wine country: 4 great Lodi wineries," 6 June 2019 Nearly 140 years since bearing their first grapes, these vines continue to produce, starring in the winery’s estate zins. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "San Luis Obispo Has Ocean Breezes—and Two Wine Regions," 27 Apr. 2018 Koenig Vineyards 2014 The Devil’s Bedstead zinfandel, Snake River Valley, $25: This profound wine might be the top zin in the Northwest. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "Koenig Vineyards raises the bar in Idaho wine country," 23 Aug. 2017 Friday, Sept. 15: Heinen's will hold Zinful Friday 6-8 p.m. Six Zins will be poured. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Ken Stewart's Grille 5-course tasting, Burgundy tasting dinner at Flour, The Galaxy's Tour of Italy, more," 29 Aug. 2017 Vietri considered that West Coast path, too, staying out on there to make zin. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Surprising Silk is a unique PA wine true to its name," 21 July 2017 Many of the zins from California's heritage vineyards are in fact zin-heavy blends, as most of these vineyards, including Bedrock, had multiple varieties planted over the years, perhaps as a hedge against any one kind failing. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Sonoma's Bedrock Wine Co. Makes as Good a Zinfandel as You Can Find," 6 Nov. 2015 Winemaker Larry Turley, arguably the country’s best zin producer, gets some grapes from Paso Robles. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "New flight makes it easy to explore California’s top-notch Paso Robles wine country," 14 June 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Zin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zin. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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