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1. A variety of red grape grown extensively in California.
2. A dry red wine made from this grape.

[Origin unknown.]
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(Brewing) a Californian wine grape originally transplanted from Europe and producing a quick-maturing fruity red wine
[C19: of unknown origin]
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(ˈzɪn fənˌdɛl)

1. a black vinifera grape, grown in California.
2. a dry red wine made from this grape.
[1895–1900; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Zinfandel - small black grape grown chiefly in California; transplanted from Europe
zinfandel - dry fruity red wine from California
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
2.zinfandel - dry fruity red wine from Californiazinfandel - dry fruity red wine from California
red wine - wine having a red color derived from skins of dark-colored grapes
Zinfandel - small black grape grown chiefly in California; transplanted from Europe
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nZinfandel m, kalifornischer trockener Rotwein
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I hadn't taken any notice of zinfandel before this year.
Thought to be unique to California until the 1990s, when it was discovered that it was genetically identical to the Puglia grape of Italy, the Zinfandel grape is almost a cliche.
Rombauer Vineyards currently owns 148 acres, mostly planted to Zinfandel, in El Dorado county.
THE Californian sunshine loves zinfandel (aka primitivo) and Craft 3 Zinfandel 2017 (PS10, Marks & Spencer, in-store only) is a berry smooth red with solid, spicy blackberry flavours and a beguiling forest floor of fruits on the nose.
The success of these blends in the retail market has not translated to increased demand for Zinfandel and Merlot, both of which continue to see a weak market.
As per my usual research/ shelf-watching I've been keeping a close eye on a California Zinfandel this last while to await a fall in price.
We found a bottle of Echo Falls Zinfandel costing PS17.95 at Italian-themed Frankie & Benny's in Widnes, Cheshire.
Zinfandel anchored California vineyards a century ago.
California's top varietals thrive here, with Zinfandel being a singular phenomenon.
(95) Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2013 (Dry Creek Valley, CA).
Classic, old-style zinfandel that's chock full of mouth-filling briar, red plum and black pepper.