Definition of Zinfandel in English:

Zinfandel

noun

  • 1A variety of wine grape grown in California.

    • ‘It is genetically linked to an Italian variety called Primotivo, and possibly the first Zinfandel grapes were a mutation of this old world wine.’
    • ‘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 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 fog-filled Russian River Valley is made up of 11,000 acres devoted heavily to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Fitzpatrick's rarest wine, called Tir Na Nog, is a robust blend of Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel.’
    • ‘Finally, on to an almost exclusively Californian grape, Zinfandel.’
    • ‘We can grow the best Zinfandel grapes in the world.’
    • ‘Of all the red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel are the most recognized.’
    • ‘Last December, researchers at the University of California at Davis determined that Zinfandel is the same as the Croatian grape Crljenak kastelanski.’
    • ‘It saved the Zinfandel grape variety, which makes an outstanding red.’
    • ‘Prices for multi-purpose grapes have fallen sharply as Americans have shifted to varietal wines made from Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Chardonnay grapes.’
    • ‘And the large proportion of Grenache and Zinfandel grapes need slower maturation, thus reaching higher sugar levels that turn on fermentation into alcohol.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Big-flavor varietals such as Zinfandel and Syrah will attain stardom in the wine world.’
    • ‘The mainly American Zinfandel grape comes in many styles but few meatier than this classic from California's Sonoma region and winemaker Joel Peterson.’
    • ‘Ted Seghesio, above, head winemaker at Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, California, checks some of his Zinfandel vines in one of the wineries.’
    • ‘A winning blend of Carignane, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Zinfandel, with bright, fresh blueberry and blackberry flavors and a rustic edge of tannin.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A red or blush dry wine made from the Zinfandel grape.
      • ‘A spicy, smoky Zinfandel with hints of blackberry and cherry preserves.’
      • ‘A full-bodied, but not over-the-top, Zinfandel or Shiraz works well with this fish.’
      • ‘Tim from Winecast tasted a 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel from California and a 1998 Banyuls (M. Chapoutier).’
      • ‘That's why I prefer a sweet, smooth, rounded ruby port wine with chocolate, rather than a bracingly intense wine, like Cabernet or 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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Among Californian wines there are good Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.’
      • ‘Some of its memorable wines portray that diversity: Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.’
      • ‘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 Californian Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz, or even a well-made sparkling wine, would be much more suitable.’
      • ‘Depending on what you serve with your tomato dish, try drinking a Chardonnay, a Fume Blanc, a Chenin Blanc, a Zinfandel or a Syrah.’
      • ‘Don't serve a Zinfandel, any Zinfandel, with sushi, unless you want to really clean your palate.’
      • ‘The wines on the day were Louis Latour, Chablis and Woodbridge Zinfandel.’
      • ‘Dry Reds (Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernets) add tartness to food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ripe, rich, and full of berries, this is the kind of wine that ensures Zinfandel its cult following.’
      • ‘A ripe Australian Shiraz or Californian Zinfandel might be described as beefy.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘We went for a bottle of Geyser Peak Zinfandel 2000 from Sonoma County, California for €50.’
      • ‘Popular choices on the menu include the Pomegranate Martini, Thin Mint Cocktail and Ridge 3 Valley Zinfandel.’

Origin

Of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

Zinfandel

/ˈzinfənˌdel/