noun, often capitalized
zin·​fan·​del | \ ˈzin-fən-ˌdel How to pronounce zinfandel (audio) \

Definition of zinfandel

: a dry red table wine made from a small black grape that is grown chiefly in California also : the grape

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Slip inside to the tasting bar ($10) for a lineup of award-winning wines, heavy on the zinfandels and Italian reds. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, "California wine country: 4 great Lodi wineries," 6 June 2019 Easton Wines As wine, the zinfandel grape is interpreted in all sorts of ways, from playful white zinfandel to somber port. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 Wind Rose Cellars 2013 primitivo, Yakima Valley, $25: Sequim winemaker Dave Volmut focuses on Italian varieties, and Primitivo is thought to be a clone of zinfandel, increasing its popularity in Italy. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Burger: Not on the menu, but available upon request, $25. Cheapest red wine: $16 glass: Storybook Mountain Vineyards Mayacamas Range zinfandel. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 Rounding out the top four was the high-toned, earthy Porter Creek, made from old vines of carignan from Mendocino, blended with a small percentage of zinfandel grown next door to the winery in the Russian River Valley. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 At Saucelito Canyon Vineyard in the Arroyo Grande Valley, zinfandel vines were planted in the 1880s, surviving Prohibition and then decades of neglect. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "San Luis Obispo Has Ocean Breezes—and Two Wine Regions," 27 Apr. 2018 Wine options similarly are categorized by varietal, from rieslings and rosés to pinor noirs and zinfandels. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "'Alexa, bring me a beer.' Amazon launches one-hour beer and wine delivery in Miami | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 Yet, once in a while, a winemaker will make a stab at this more accessible, refreshing and versatile style of zinfandel. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of zinfandel

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zinfandel

probably modification of obsolete Hungarian tzinifándli, czirifandli, a white wine grape (misapplied to a grape variety of Dalmatian origin), from German Zierfandler

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