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

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 The menu will also include wine ice cream from Mercer’s Dairy, with zinfandel, merlot and chardonnay frozen treats. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Boozy ice cream scooped up at future Coventry shop," 16 July 2019 Or head for the dog- and kid-friendly Armida Winery tasting room, which sources zinfandel, pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from its mother ship winery near Healdsburg. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "A weekend of beachy fun in Capitola-by-the-Sea," 16 June 2019 This example from Klinker Brick in Lodi, south of Sacramento and known more for brawny zinfandel than for white wine, is an argument in favor of planting more. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 Slip inside to the tasting bar ($10) for a lineup of award-winning wines, heavy on the zinfandels and Italian reds. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, "California wine country: 4 great Lodi wineries," 6 June 2019 Easton Wines As wine, the zinfandel grape is interpreted in all sorts of ways, from playful white zinfandel to somber port. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'zinfandel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about zinfandel

Dictionary Entries near zinfandel








Statistics for zinfandel

Last Updated

19 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for zinfandel

The first known use of zinfandel was in 1858

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on zinfandel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with zinfandel

Comments on zinfandel

What made you want to look up zinfandel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


formidable, illustrious, or eminent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!