Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the “heel” of Italy, where it was introduced in the 18th century. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, and became known by variations of the name “Zinfandel”, a name of uncertain origin.
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Written on October 22nd, 2010 , Grapes

One of the keys to Cabernet’s success in Bordeaux is that it has always been prized for its resistance. Many etymologists believe that Cabernet relates to the Biturica grape that the Roman poet Pliny recorded in the year 71 A.D. as being planted in Bordeaux because of its hardiness. It is certain that Cabernet’s first sighting in more recent history was in the 18th Century when Baron de Brane, owner of Château Mouton, pulled up many of his white grapes and replaced them with the black variety, Vidure (from the words Vigne Dure or hardy vine). Today Cabernet is still sometimes referred to as Vidure in the Graves . Yet Cabernet’s true recognition as the great grape variety of Bordeaux only came towards the end of the 19th Century when, after the ravages of phylloxera and oidium, it was widely planted.
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Written on October 21st, 2010 , Grapes

Here is a summary or the 2005 grape harvest in Europe.
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Written on October 21st, 2010 , Grapes

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