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Armanino Family Cellars Paesani Zinfandel, Mendocino County, USA

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Zinfandel (or "Zin", as it is affectionately known in the United States) is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which remain its strongholds today.

After 30 years of discussion and disagreements (including legal intervention by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), DNA research carried out in California in the 1990s confirmed that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primitivo. But although this research closed the debate over whether Zinfandel is Primi ...more

  • Mendocino County represents the northern limits of California's quality wine-growing regions, and even within the county's limits there is a clear vineyard bias towards its southern half. There are wine-bearing vineyards further north, in Humboldt and Trinity counties, but the AVAs in these counties are few and far between. Mendocino, by contrast, is home to more than ten AVAs, among them the famous Anderson Valley. The Mendocino AVA which bears the county's name is something of a catch-all title and incorporates more than five other location-specific AVAs within its boundaries.

  • California's North Coast AVA is vast, covering more than 3 million acres (1.2 million ha) of land to the north of San Francisco. Its large size should not be taken as an indicator of low quality or a lack of regional identity, however – the area is home to some of the wine world's most valuable and distinctive real estate. The Napa Valley, ...more

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