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Guide to Zinfandel Wine


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Let’s take a closer look at both red and white Zinfandel wine and learn the secrets to picking out your favorite styles.
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Why is White Zinfandel so popular?

 

White Zinfandel is often the very first wine someone tries. Today, close to 85% of the total Zinfandel production is White Zin! As much as wine snobs bash it, White Zinfandel offers everything a beginner might want:

 

 

At $5 a bottle White Zinfandels taste fine, but most lack the complexity to be compared to the red version of the same grape. Red Zinfandel wine can offer serious presence and sophistication.

 


 

Guide to Zinfandel Wine

 

How Red Zinfandel Tastes

 

The primary flavors of Zinfandel are jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry, and licorice. When you taste Zinfandel it often explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spice and often a tobacco-like smoky finish.

 

How Red Zinfandel compares to other red wines

 

How Bold? Zinfandel is lighter in color than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, although a light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir, Zin’s moderate tannin and high acidity make it taste bold. Generally speaking, most Zinfandel wines have higher alcohol levels ranging from about 14 – 17% ABV. Higher alcohol adds an oily texture and bigger, bolder body.

 

Did you know? Zinfandel is the only grape in the world with a festival dedicated to it? Find out more about the ZAP Zinfandel Festival

 
Guide to Zinfandel Wine
 

Zinfandel Food Pairing

 

Think curry spice. Since Zinfandel leans on the sweeter side of red wine, it’s a great pairing partner with spiced barbecue dishes and curry. Pro tip: Pick out the spices you taste in the wine and add them to your sauce.

 

Perfect Zinfandel Food Pairing
Pork tonkatsu is a Japanese dish served with a richly spiced curry sauce. The spicing and savory-sweet quality of this dish make it a perfect wine pairing partner with Zinfandel.

 

Katsu Curry Dish is perfect for Zinfandel

Pork Katsu Curry. A Japanese curry spiced dish perfect with Zinfandel. credit

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Meat Pairings

 

Try pairing with lighter meats including Quail, Turkey, Pork, Bacon, Ham and Veal. Zinfandel works well with Barbecue red meats and lamb.

 

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Spices and Herbs

 

Ginger, Garlic, Rosemary, Curry, Turmeric, Cayenne, Clove, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Cocoa, Black Pepper, Coriander, Fennel, and Saffron.

 

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Cheese Pairings

 

Look for hard and richly flavored cow’s and sheep’s milk cheeses such as Manchego, Bandage-wrapped Cheddar and Trentingrana.

 

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Vegetables & Vegetarian Fare

 

Use highly flavored vegetables to bring out the fruitiness in Zinfandel such as roasted tomato, red peppers, carmelized onion, roasted squash, apricot, peach, cranberry, spiced apple, and beets.

 


 

3 Tips to Buying Zinfandel Wine

 

Pay attention to ABV
Best trick when buying Zinfandel is to check the Alcohol by Volume (ABV). A lighter Zinfandel will have about 13.5% ABV whereas a bold and spicy Zinfandel will have around 16% ABV.
Who makes the best Zinfandel?
There are several sub-regions in California that make great Zinfandel. Currently, the most popular are Napa Valley, Dry Creek Valley (in Sonoma), Russian River Valley (in Sonoma) and Lodi.
Hot Tip! High Elevation
Look for Zinfandels from high elevation areas (such as Howell Mountain or El Dorado County). High elevation Zinfandels tend to have more savory intensity and richness.

 

Red Zinfandel (Primitivo) Wine Characteristics

 

FRUIT FLAVORS (berries, fruit, citrus)
Raspberry, Black Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Black Currant, Black Plum, Raisin, Fig, Apricot, Cranberry Jam, Jammy/Brambly Fruit
OTHER AROMAS (herb, spice, flower, mineral, earth, other)
Licorice, Star Anise, Smoke, Black Pepper, Black Cardamom

 

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OAK FLAVORS (flavors added with oak aging)
Vanilla, Coconut, Nutmeg, Peach Yogurt, Mocha, Burnt Sugar, Coffee, Cinnamon, Clove, Tobacco, Fresh Sawdust
ACIDITY
Medium – Medium High
TANNIN
Medium – Medium High
SERVING TEMPERATURE
“Room Temperature” 62 ºF (17 ºC)
SIMILAR VARIETIES
Grenache, Plavic Mali, Negroamaro, Blaufrankish (aka Lemberger), Sangiovese, Barbera, Counoise
SYNONYMS
Primitivo (Puglia, Italy), Crljenak Kaštelanski (Croatia) and Tribidrag (Croatia), Morellone (Puglia, Italy)
BLENDING
Zinfandel is sometimes blended to make a California red wine with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In Italy, it’s not uncommon to find Primitivo blended with another local Puglia grape called Negroamaro.

 

Zinfandel Regions

 

Only 71,000+ acres of Zinfandel planted worldwide.

 

USA 50,300 acres
Paso Robles, Sonoma (Including Dry Creek and Russian River Valley), Napa Valley, Lodi (Central Valley, Modesto), Amador County (Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County)
Italy 20,000 acres
Puglia

 

Ιστορία του κρασιού από το Wine Folly The History of Wine

 

Wine has been with us since the dawn of recorded history. Let’s a take a look at how far we’ve come and what has been popular from the ancient times to the modern day. This History of Wine Timeline highlights some of the most notable wine moments.
 

Wine Timeline

 

History of wine timeline by Wine Folly

 

The Modern Era

 

Since so much has happened in the last 50 years in wine, we’ve added some additional notes about the modern era below:

 

  • 1964 Sangria introduced to the US at the World’s Fair in Seattle, WA
  • 1965 Box Wine invented in South Australia
  • 1972 First Corkscrews were used by Swiss winery called Hammel.
  • 1975 Zinfandel and Primitivo linked as the same (later confirmed by DNA profiling in 1994)
  • 1976 Judgement of Paris and first issue of Wine Spectator
  • 1980′s The Tonia Group begins to import vitas vinifera (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon) to India
  • 1982 Cork taint is identified as a wine fault.
  • 1983 Modern outbreak of Phylloxera in Napa
  • 1985 Austria is exposed for adding diethylene glycol, a poisonous substance, to wine. Although no recorded illness or deaths occurred, the scandal completely collapsed the Austrian wine market. One of the convicted Wagram winemakers, Karl Grill, proprietor of Firma Gebrüder Grill, committed suicide after being sentenced.
  • 1994 Chile discovers their ‘Merlot’ is actually the lost grape of Bordeaux called Carmenere. DNA profiling confirms in 1997.
  • 2005 Chateau Hansen in Inner Mongolia (the Gobi dessert) China opens
  • 2010 Most expensive wine ever auctioned – 1869 Lafite-Rothschild sold for $230,000
  • 2012 Wine Grapes comes out with 1368 ‘official wine grapes’
  • 2012 Penfold’s debuts 2004 Block 42: the world’s most expensive non-auction bottle of wine 2004
  • 2012 Christies has 1st online wine auction
  • 2016 $1 Billion “Wine City” to open in Yantai, China

 

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