Definition of Zinfandel in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A variety of wine grape grown in California.

    • ‘It saved the Zinfandel grape variety, which makes an outstanding red.’
    • ‘Of all the red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are the most recognized.’
    • ‘And after spending time in the area to treat his rheumatism, the great pianist and Polish freedom fighter Ignacy Jan Paderewski bought a ranch here and planted acres of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes.’
    • ‘The mainly American Zinfandel grape comes in many styles but few meatier than this classic from California's Sonoma region and winemaker Joel Peterson.’
    • ‘It is genetically linked to an Italian variety called Primotivo, and possibly the first Zinfandel grapes were a mutation of this old world wine.’
    • ‘We can grow the best Zinfandel grapes in the world.’
    • ‘Although Petite Sirah has been valued as a relatively tannic, well-coloured blending partner for blowsier Zinfandels, it has been somewhat eclipsed by the fashionable true French Syrah.’
    • ‘Fitzpatrick's rarest wine, called Tir Na Nog, is a robust blend of Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel.’
    • ‘A multitude of new varieties of grape, such as Tinto Baroco, Syrah and even Zinfandel have been planted and there is wild experimentation everywhere, particularly outside well-established wine regions such as Stellenbosch.’
    • ‘And the large proportion of Grenache and Zinfandel grapes need slower maturation, thus reaching higher sugar levels that turn on fermentation into alcohol.’
    • ‘The fog-filled Russian River Valley is made up of 11,000 acres devoted heavily to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.’
    • ‘Prices for multi-purpose grapes have fallen sharply as Americans have shifted to varietal wines made from Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Chardonnay grapes.’
    • ‘Back home after spending a month with farmers in Paris, Nathe and friends converted part of their table grape cultivation to wine varieties like Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.’
    • ‘Finally, on to an almost exclusively Californian grape, Zinfandel.’
    • ‘A winning blend of Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Zinfandel, with bright, fresh blueberry and blackberry flavors and a rustic edge of tannin.’
    • ‘Last December, researchers at the University of California at Davis determined that Zinfandel is the same as the Croatian grape Crljenak kastelanski.’
    • ‘Perhaps not all Southern Italian grapes would enjoy the kind of success Zinfandel has, but it does pose the question: why don't we see more Southern Italian grapes planted abroad?’
    • ‘Big-flavor varietals such as Zinfandel and Syrah will attain stardom in the wine world.’
    • ‘Ted Seghesio, above, head winemaker at Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, California, checks some of his Zinfandel vines in one of the wineries.’
    1. 1.1A red or blush dry wine made from the Zinfandel grape.
      • ‘Ripe, rich, and full of berries, this is the kind of wine that ensures Zinfandel its cult following.’
      • ‘Dry Reds (Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernets) add tartness to food.’
      • ‘A Californian Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz, or even a well-made sparkling wine, would be much more suitable.’
      • ‘Don't serve a Zinfandel, any Zinfandel, with sushi, unless you want to really clean your palate.’
      • ‘Among Californian wines there are good Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.’
      • ‘We went for a bottle of Geyser Peak Zinfandel 2000 from Sonoma County, California for €50.’
      • ‘Tim from Winecast tasted a 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel from California and a 1998 Banyuls (M. Chapoutier).’
      • ‘In 2003, Carlisle produced 3,500 cases, and esteemed wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. described the winery's Zinfandels as ‘magnificent,’ ‘prodigious,’ and ‘compelling.’’
      • ‘Royal Cliff Wine Club members were treated to two types of Zinfandel, a Shiraz, a Sauvignon and two varieties of Bordeaux wines with differing percentages of the Merlot grape, all presented by the Perithai Company.’
      • ‘Depending on what you serve with your tomato dish, try drinking a Chardonnay, a Fume Blanc, a Chenin Blanc, a Zinfandel or a Syrah.’
      • ‘And next to him not a glass of wine, not a bottle or carafe, but a great California jug of Zinfandel from the Napa Valley.’
      • ‘A full-bodied, but not over-the-top, Zinfandel or Shiraz works well with this fish.’
      • ‘Popular choices on the menu include the Pomegranate Martini, Thin Mint Cocktail and Ridge 3 Valley Zinfandel.’
      • ‘A spicy, smoky Zinfandel with hints of blackberry and cherry preserves.’
      • ‘Some of its memorable wines portray that diversity: Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.’
      • ‘A ripe Australian Shiraz or Californian Zinfandel might be described as beefy.’
      • ‘The wines on the day were Louis Latour, Chablis and Woodbridge Zinfandel.’
      • ‘The grandest of the events is in January in San Francisco, where more than 7,000 wine lovers show up to taste virtually every Zinfandel made, in an atmosphere of madcap fun.’
      • ‘That's why I prefer a sweet, smooth, rounded ruby port wine with chocolate, rather than a bracingly intense wine, like Cabernet or Zinfandel.’
      • ‘‘I was going up to the Napa Valley every few weeks directly to the wineries to buy Zinfandel, a varietal not much known then, and Moscato Amabile, because that was the only way we could get it,’ says Mindel.’


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