Jack Rabbit White Zinfandel Blush
Region: California, USA
Zinfandel 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’ Primitivo, it opened up an even older chapter of the variety’s history. We know that Primitivo arrived in Italy via Croatia, where it was known by various names including Tribidrag and Crljenak Kastelanski. But the question of whether Zinfandel arrived in the States from Italy or via another route remains unanswered. So the question is now: is Zinfandel Primitivo, or Tribidrag, or both?
Zinfandel has been used to make various styles of wine since it arrived in the United States, including dry and sweet red wines and the famous ‘White Zinfandel’ blush, created to cater for a white wine-drinking American consumer base of the 1970s. The arrival of this new wine style in the early 1970s led to an explosion of Zinfandel plantings – perhaps ironic given that the style of wine was created to find a use for the swathes of under used Zinfandel vines already in existence.
Jack Rabbit wine is a range of wines made in the modern fruit driven style. Ideal for easy drinking either on their own or with food. They don’t profess to be complex or to need ageing in the cellar. These are wines for drinking and enjoying now.