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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Recent Examples on the Web Without it, the winemaker risked losing 160 tons of fruit, much of it zinfandel. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "California’s new normal: Wildfires, ash and power outages could last a decade," 26 Oct. 2019 Our greatest value of the week is a California zinfandel, an inherently American wine, from Bogle Vineyards. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "On July 4, celebrate America with this delicious $12 California zinfandel," 21 June 2019 So think pinot noir, rosé, riesling, zinfandel and, of course, bubbles. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 wines that can pair well with the variety of dishes on your Thanksgiving table," 22 Nov. 2019 First up: a 2017 Sonoma Valley zinfandel produced under the United Federation Special Reserve Label. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Boldly going where no palate has gone before: A Star Trek wine tasting," 4 Oct. 2019 Bottles from the latter include Diamond Collection Oregon Pinot Noir ($21), with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mocha, and Director’s Cut Cinema ($44), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sirah and petite sirah. Washington Post, "Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands," 22 Nov. 2019 Valravn Zinfandel 2017 Sonoma County, Calif., $21 Spicy and fruity in classic Sonoma County zinfandel style, this juicy red wine bursts with ripe flavors of raspberries and blackberries, seasoned with wild herbs. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This aromatic French chardonnay from Burgundy tastes like a steal at $14," 9 Aug. 2019 With patience and precision, the winemakers of Terra d’Oro for years have been seeking harmony above all else in their non-vintage zinfandel port. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "This year's best local wine you can (mostly) get for under $20," 20 June 2018 Crafted from zinfandel grapes hailing from Southern California’s Cucamonga Valley, this pour offers exuberant concentration and ripe tannins. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Women winemakers tell their stories at Portland Wine Week," 1 July 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Zinfandel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinfandel. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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