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Zinfandel (USA)

Since the Gold Rush in 1850s, Zinfandel is the most produced wine in California.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cranberry
Cranberry

Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Jam
Jam

Oak added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Tobacco
Tobacco

Cold Areas: Strawberry. Raspberry. Blueberry. Cranberry.

Warm Areas: Cherry. Plum. Jam.

Profile

Zinfandel has a good body, moderate tannins, good fruit and medium acidity:

BODYMedium - High
TANNINSMedium Plus
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperatures:
Zinfandel Light 14°-15°C (57°-59°F).
Zinfandel Heavy 17°-18°C (63°-64°F).

Food Pairing

Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Chili
Chili
Pasta
Indian
Curry
Pasta
Tomato
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey
Pork
Pork
Veal
Veal

Zinfandel pairs well with American, Italian, and Asian Sweet and Spicy food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Pasta with Tomato Sauce. Indian Curry.
Chicken Tikka Masala. Indian Curries.
Hamburger. Bacon. Kebab.
Beef. Rib-Eye-Steak.
Lamb Rack. Lamb Stew.
Spiced BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Veal.

Cheese:

Rich Cheese. Cow. Sheep. Parmigiano-Reggiano. Manchego.

If You Like Zinfandel

You Might Also Like:

Barbera Superiore (Italy)
Bordeaux Right Bank (France)
Rosso di Montalcino (Italy)
Cannonau (Italy)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)
Chianti Classico (Italy)
Merlot (France)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Primitivo (Italy)
Ribeira Sacra (Spain)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Zinfandel (USA)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

Zinfandel and Primitivo is the same grape!

This black-skinned wine grape is grown in over 11% of California vineyards and has a natural high sugar content which transforms into high levels of alcohol.

It´s all about versatility!
Food friendly and produced in different styles, from robust spicy red to a rosé style wine known as White Zinfandel.

Following the Gold Rush of the 1850´s, Zinfandel arrived in California where it found the best growing region and kept the popularity among home winemakers even during the Prohibition.

The rosé called White Zinfandel was born as a mistake in 1972, when Bob Trinchero decided to bottle a wine that was supposed to be white and dry, but due to a problem in fermentation the sugar never fully converted into alcohol and the wine remained sugary = sweet.

Even though wine snobs hate White Zinfandel, it is the best selling wine in the US.

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