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Posted on May 21, 1999 at 02:01:52

I have found out a little on the history of this grape. I apologise if you all know it already but it is fairly impressive and all the other good grapes can be teraced back to their origin (European).

I am informed that it was originally an Italian grape that was transplanted to Cal and took to the conditions there. The original grape was wiped out by a disease (fungus, bacteria, insect?) and the only remaining vines were those in Cal. This almost makes it an American grape! There must be a god ((Bacchus/Dionysius?) who looks after wine drinkers)!


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Re: re:Zinfandel, posted on May 21, 1999 at 16:38:42
Your info is correct. Zinfandel (red) is unique to California and, IMHO, has more character and flavor than anything else produced in America. It's the only American wine I regularly buy and keep in the cellar.


Re: re:Zinfandel, posted on May 21, 1999 at 18:37:27

It is possible that American vines were grafted onto Phyloxera
resistant root stock (e.g. Vitus Robusta) as opposed to Vitus Vinifera,
which is particularly susceptible to this particular louse (literally).

Gary Jacobson


here, hear, always my first choice in everyday red., posted on May 23, 1999 at 05:52:18

as anyone who sees my purple teeth can attest. much more variability character at my price point than any other domestic red. it's a fun place to be.


Old Vine Zinfandel, posted on June 3, 1999 at 08:31:39
Watch for Old vine Zinfandels. These are made from very old vines and are a more concntrated robust grape. Makes for a very complex wine.


If anyone's still reading: Lytton Springs Zin is the only way to go!!, posted on July 27, 1999 at 17:47:57

IMHO this wine is able to compete with the very best at any price and
can be had for $16.00-$22.00 a bottle (or $32+ for the Ridge Wineery bottlings), depending on year. A veritable bargain in this day and age.


(not affilaited with RidgeWinery or Lytton Springs in any way, shape, or form).


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