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

Examples of zinfandel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visiting a handful of the wineries on the Zinfandel Trail, Fiorentini hopes, will help change whatever presumptions people have about what makes a zinfandel. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 The winery supplies a house zinfandel for Chez Panisse. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Made from organic grapes (79% zinfandel) by Las Jaras Wines, this dry red wine has a lively, effervescent quality, and notes of black plum and cherry. Tina Danze, Dallas News, 12 July 2021 Several of the Laithwaites Direct Wines clubs, for example, offer a California zinfandel labeled Book of Shadows. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 10 May 2021 Primitivo is Italy’s zinfandel, and this rendition is lush and ripe, with a velvety texture. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Primitivo is the same grape as California’s zinfandel but hailing from Italy. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2020 My favorites include her Post Flirtation, a lively blend of zinfandel and carignan; a bright, floral and deep nero d’Avola; and a savory, crunchy carignan from the Ricetti Vineyard in Mendocino. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 Cabernet, pinot, and zinfandel account for a lot of what went unpicked, according to global wine and grape broker Ciatti. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, 21 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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“Zinfandel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinfandel. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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