zinfandel

noun, often capitalized
zin·fan·del | \ ˈzin-fən-ˌdel \

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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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 Just last week, Otsuka carted in dozens of bottles of zinfandel (2015) and chardonnay (2016) to stock the open bar at a reception at an upscale law firm on the 26th floor of a skyscraper in downtown San Francisco. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The strange story of a global pharma company’s Silicon Valley winery," 9 Apr. 2018 There’s no more pleasurable way to end a meal than with a square of exceptional dark chocolate and a glass of zinfandel. Bryn Mooth, Cincinnati.com, "Chocolate + wine = true love," 8 Feb. 2018 The all-natural wine list includes French rose and chardonnay; Italian nebbiolo and tempranillo; California zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Nancy’s Hustle in EaDo," 12 Dec. 2017 For most of the 20th century, zinfandel was California’s No. 1 grape. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi, California," 23 Oct. 2017

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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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