- 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.
Visit these Wine Trails to find great Zinfandels
- Sierra Foothills – Amador and El Dorado Counties
- Dry Creek Valley in the Russian River Wine Region
- Paso Robles
A few of our favorite Zinfandels
- Rosenblum Dry Creek Valley Rockpile Road – $21*
- Seghesio Sonoma – $13
- Cedarville El Dorado – $21
- Hendry Block 7 – $28
- Mauritson Dry Creek Valley -$21
- Harvest Moon Russian River Valley Pitts Home Ranch – $28
- Sobon Rocky Top – $13
* Prices are approximate