Zinfandel – a wine-lover's wine

An array of top-quality California Zinfandel bottles.

California has come a long way from the jammy monster Zins of the 1980s.

Note to California readers: ZinEX 2023, a three-day celebration of Zinfandel, including a tasting of wines from more than 70 producers, runs 26–28 January in San Francisco. Go experience the range of Zinfandel!

My first experience with structured tastings was while studying for my certified examination with the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS). ‘The court’, as they are often called, prioritises the classics, as the primary goal in CMS tasting is to identify the variety and origin of a wine. Because the wine world is...