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 Primitivo is Italy’s zinfandel, and this rendition is lush and ripe, with a velvety texture. Washington Post, "Toast la dolce vita at brunch by popping open this bottled Bellini cocktail," 9 Apr. 2021 Primitivo is the same grape as California’s zinfandel but hailing from Italy. Washington Post, "Get cozy with a $15 California cab that begs for roasted chicken," 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, "Same Winery, Separate Labels," 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, "Great Deals in California Wine Are Coming," 21 Feb. 2020 For red wines, choose pinot noir, cabernet, merlot or even a zinfandel. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "The rules for cooking with wine, and how to make wine-braised beef short ribs," 14 Apr. 2020 The Queen is Rorick’s Calaveras County blend of trousseau noir, mondeuse, zinfandel, barbera, and grenache. oregonlive, "Oregon bottle shops want to curb your wine enthusiasm," 9 Apr. 2020 Ottimino Zinfinity Zinfandel 2017 Sonoma County, $15 Classic zinfandel flavors of cranberry and spice dominate this savory wine. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 wines that can pair well with the variety of dishes on your Thanksgiving table," 22 Nov. 2019 Better known for its onions than its zinfandels, the farm country of west-central India boasts three dozen wineries. Hiroko Masuike, New York Times, "Seattle, Coronavirus, Amy Klobuchar: Your Monday Evening Briefing," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Zinfandel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinfandel. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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