Z i n f a n d e l or P r i m i t i v o
Every third Wednesday of November is National Zinfandel Day advocated by ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) who also hold a huge Zinfandel tasting in San Francisco every year. For us, it's just another reason for us to taste & learn more about these wonderful wines!
Fun Facts About ZINFANDEL
1. White Zinfandel is not a white wine at all!
It is a Rosé and the way it came into being was a happy accident. In 1970s, Bob Trinchero of the Sutter Home Winery used zinfandel to produce a dry, rosé-style wine. Worried that consumers wouldn’t respond to the name rose, so they called it 'White Zinfandel'. In 1975, while his grapes were fermenting, the yeast died before the wine’s sugar was converted to alcohol. He decided to try selling the resulting slightly sweet pink wine and the wine was a massive success!
2. Yes, Zinfandel = Primitivo ! Zinfandel or Primitivo is thought to be one of the oldest grape varietals from which wine is still being made and the relationship between Primitivo and Californian Zinfandel was discovered practically by chance in 1994 that the two varieties were genetically identical. On top of that, it wasn’t until 2001 that researchers discovered that Primitivo is genetically identical also to the Croatian variety Crljenak Kaštelanski.
3. 'Primitivo' owes its name to its early ripening; the name comes from the Latin “primativus” and Old Italian “primaticcio” (both meaning “first to ripen” or “early ripening”).
4. Zinfandel is an unique vinifera varieties to grow.
The berries are thin-skinned but smaller, more compact, and within the bunch, they ripen unevenly. This leads to the unique ﬂavor dynamics of great Zinfandel. It produces bright acidity from the slightly unripe areas, perfect fruit flavors from the ripe grapes, and concentration and depth from the slightly withered or overripe.
"I'm the one who created the infamous White zinfandel!" -