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 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 Elsewhere in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Nathan Kandler, winemaker for Fogarty, Skyline and Lexington, told us he’d just picked Evangelho zinfandel for his own label, Precedent. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, "South Bay winemakers look forward to fall harvest," 20 Sep. 2019 Ars survey says: This is a fairly typical robust California zinfandel, light, smooth, and fruit forward—in other words, very much to Anna's taste. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Boldly going where no palate has gone before: A Star Trek wine tasting," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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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 8 Apr. 2020.

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