Zinfandel is one of the many varieties of red grape originating in Europe prior to making its way to America and ultimately finding its primary home in California. Since its origins it has been known by variations of the name “Zinfandel”, but it is unknown how this name was chosen. This grape is primarily used to produce a robust read wine whose level of alcohol can exceed 15 percent due to its high sugar content impacting fermentation. The Zinfandel grape, depending upon its ripeness, can produce wines possessing flavors of raspberry and blackberry to anise and pepper depending upon the climate in which it was grown.
Crews, G. (2015). Zinfandel. In S. Martin (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of alcohol: Social, cultural, and historical perspectives. (Vol. 24, pp. 1462-1465). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
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