Zinfandel (zin-fan-dell) is a full-bodied dark-skinned red wine. The origins of the grape are found in Italy and Croatia.
Recent DNA testing proves the Zinfandel grape is identical to Italy’s Primitivo grape. If you’re a Zinandel wine lover check out some Primitivo!
When you taste Zinfandel it often explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spice and often a tobacco-like smoky finish. The primary flavors of Zinfandel are Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, jam, 5 spice powder, sweet tobacco, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Gravel, and Star Anise.
WHERE TO FIND THE ZINFANDEL GRAPE
Outside the U.S., the variety is grown in South Africa and Australia, where it has been bottled as both Zinfandel and Primitivo.
California is home to many regions producing award-winning Zinfandel wines, a few include Paso Robles, Sonoma (Dry Creek and Russian River Valley), Napa Valley, Lodi (Central Valley, Modesto), Amador County (Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County).
In Puglia, it’s not uncommon to find Primitivo blended with another local Puglia grape called Negroamaro. The style is lighter but very true to the Zin style.
Other Names to Look for When Exploring Zinfandel
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When is the Right Mood for Zinfandel?
HOW TO ENJOY Zinfandel WINE
Zinfandel food pairing
Zinfandel wine pairs best with Quail, Turkey, Pork, Bacon, Ham, Veal, Spices. Peppers, Sage, BBQ, Grilled Meats, Sausage, Ragu, Stew, and Smoky Food.
Practical Tips for Zinfandel Wine
Glassware: The wine should be consumed out of a Red Wine Glass.
Shelf life: Around two years.
Bottle prices: The average bottle costs between $10 – $15. Old vines and Napa Zins are around $20 – $25.
Buying tips: When buying Zinfandel wine check the % ABV noted on the bottle. Lighter Zins have about 13.5% ABV whereas a bold and spicy Zinfandel has around 16% ABV.
Zinfandel WINE RECOMMENDATIONS
Looking for Zinfandel recommendations? Here are a few suggested sips.
Carpe Travel collaborated with Maia Parish to compile the grape varietal overviews. Maia Parish is an award-winning events producer, sommelier, wine judge, and media consultant. She lives in Denver, Colorado and likes to eat copious amounts of food. You can find her here www.linktr.ee/thewinemistress.