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Zinfandel wines from Sonoma Valley of California USA

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Sonoma County Zinfandel Wines

Zinfandel’s History

For a time many people assumed Zinfandel was indigenous to California, that was incorrect. More recently the grape was linked to the Italian Primitivo and thought to be the same, that is true although not the complete story. In fact through genetic backtracking it has been discovered that Zinfandel and Primitivo are the same varietal as the Croatian grape, Crljenak Kastenlanski. That’s a tongue-twister even if you can figure out its pronunciation. For convenience sake we’ll stick with the Zinfandel handle.

California’s Grape

The Zinfandel often gets disrespected when compared to Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir . This can be attributed to the fact that the spicy black grape is one of the state’s most widely planted varieties, ranking second after Cab and has had a long California history, not all of it stellar. Being associated to the insipid White Zinfandel can only direct acidic barbs in its direction rather than adulation. Don’t underestimate this grape though, to the enlightened, Zinfandel is a dry complex red that is all jammy blackberries and plums that is laden with rustic briars, spicy pepper, tannins and big doses of alcohol. Zin’s can be concentrated bombs of fruit that are boysenberry pie or restrained burliness. California’s Zinfandel is grown in most wine regions within the state; Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Napa Valley, Lodi, Paso Robles and Mendocino—each with their own character and style. But for the crème de la crème, knowledgeable aficionados look to Sonoma County Zinfandel wines where the black juicy variety is widely planted and comfortably makes its home.

Top Regions and their Producers

Within the large Sonoma County wine region there are a few sub-appellations that are nonpareil for Zinfandel. There are many large wineries and vineyard owners in the county but the majority are small, family-owned, independent and boutique wineries.


Clark Wine Center was built in 2003 by Hong Kong-based Yats International Leisure Philippines to become the largest wine shop in Philippines supplying Asia’s wine lovers with fine vintage wines at attractive prices. Today, this wine shop in Clark Philippines offers over 2000 selections of fine wines from all major wine regions in the world. As a leading wine supplier in Philippines, Pampanga’s Clark Wine Center offers an incomparable breadth of vintages, wines from back vintages spanning over 50 years. Clark Wine Center is located in Pampanga Clark Freeport Zone adjacent to Angeles City, just 25 minutes from Subic and 45 minutes from Manila.

Wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Alsace, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Argentina etc. are well represented in this Clark Wine Shop.

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