Getting to Know
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
Other names to look for when exploring Zinfandel wine:
When is the Right Mood for Zinfandel Wine?
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.