Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variety of red grape grown extensively in California.
  • n. A dry red wine made from this grape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small black grape grown chiefly in California; transplanted from Europe
  • n. dry fruity red wine from California

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Notable among them are wines made with the native Primitivo di Manduria--which we call Zinfandel here in the US.

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  • Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2008 Red label Zinfandel $21.95 California

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  • The 2007 Hartford Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley really excited, with an inviting nose of raspberry and cinnamon and an attractive fresh finish, while the 2009 Cline Cellars Big Break Zinfandel from Contra Costa County displayed a distinctive spicy, wild-berry character with enormous power and length.

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  • Well, not directly from her, of course, but from her book, "The Way to Cook," which contains a great recipe called Zinfandel of Beef, a hearty, wine-enhanced braise.

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  • As a native Croat and a vintner, his interest in and knowledge of wines led him to the firm conviction that the wine Americans call Zinfandel had originated in Croatia.

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  • Versatile, tasty, and affordable, today's red blends can be made virtually anywhere, and include varieties such as Zinfandel as well as the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

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  • A medium bodied wine such as Red Zinfandel will always taste better with red meat while White Zinfandel which is a newly-developed wine in the market goes in tune with pasta with light sauce, fish and most light dishes.

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  • He delivers his mushroms twice weekly to Chicago restaurants such as Zinfandel, Scoozi, and Frontera Grill.

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  • -- Cooked sausage, sliced mushrooms sauteed with thyme and dry sherry, caramelized onions, mozzarella (reds such as Zinfandel, Barbera and Grenache)

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  • Cultivars come in shades of gold ( 'Sunset Velvet'), coppery-green ( 'Copper Tones') and deep purple ( 'Zinfandel').

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