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Red Varietals


zinfandel is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. the variety is grown in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that the zinfandel is genetically equivalent to two Croatian grapes. the grape found its way to the united states in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name which is probably of austrian. the grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent. the taste of zinfandel depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas and in wines made from the earlier-ripening primitivo clone.