Zinfandel was planted in California during the
Gold Rush era.
Zinfandel is related to the Primitivo grape found in Italy.
Zinfandel typically has the aroma and flavors of berries and
black cherry. Much of the flavor and structure of this wine
depends on how long the grape is kept on the vine.
Lighter Zinfandels will be more fruity; heavier zinfandels
will have a deep jammy berry flavor.
Dry Creek Valley in the Russian River region of Sonoma is
the most renowned Zinfandel region in California
The Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Livermore, and Lodi are fast becoming
recognized for great Zinfandels. Napa,
Sonoma, and Contra Costa Counties also produce quality Zinfandels.
In comparing Zinfandels from these different regions, one
can find subtle differences in aroma and flavor.
Zinfandel pairs well with hard cheese, pizza, pasta, and all red
meats. Try a Zin with a pizza
with tomatoes, red onion, prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, and
pesto. It is the perfect match.
Zinfandel is a great wine value. There are many great Zinfandels
priced between $12 and $20.
One of the hottest selling Zinfandels is Rockpile
Zinfandel. These are Zinfandels grown in the rocky hillsides of the Rockpile
AVA in Sonoma Country. See photo on the left of a Rockpile Zinfandel vineyards.