Zinfandel wine bottle and glass with grapes illustration.

What is Zinfandel?

Zinfandel: The All-American Grape with Hidden Roots Zinfandel, or as it is affectionately called, Zin, is said to be one of the most famous noble grapes in America. Its heavy flavors …

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Wines for Beginners

For those of us in the wine trade, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be a beginner. The nerves. The uncertainty. The fear of being judged.Being new to …

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Passitivo 2010 Primitivo, Puglia

Judging wines isn’t a linear job.  It’s not really about grading all wines as a spectrum of quality. We don’t judge a Red Zinfandel from Russian River next to a bottle …

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Renwood 2003 “Old Vine” Zinfandel

Blood-colored with a brick-like rim, this wine shows a nose of rich, ripe blue and blackberries, the expected zinfandel spice, and something almost nutty. The palate is chewy and delicious, with …

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Grgich Hills 2004 Zinfandel

The aroma of spicy, peppery raisins soaked in Dr. Pepper, but in a good way. This is classic, peppery California zinfandel, yet the blue fruits of the 7% Petit Sirah add …

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Hentley Farm 2007 Zinfandel, Barossa

Say “Zinfandel,” and most people will immediately think of California. But Australia is also home to some great examples of the grape variety. This one, from Barossa Valley, shows all the …

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