Dry farming the Zinfandel grape varietal
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... Dry farming the Zinfandel grape varietal Zinfandel grape variety was introduced to California during theGold Rush somewhere between 1852 and 1857 from Croatia and became it widely planted because it thrived so well in the state’s climate and soil. Today, Zinfandel is the third-leading wine grape variety in California, with more than 47,000 acres planted, according to the 2012 California Grape Acreage Report. The 2012 California Zinfandel crush weighed in at 448,039 tons – up a sizeable 30% from 2011(Hargreaves & Mary 198-199). A majority of the grapes are used for White Zinfandel. Popular descriptors for Zinfandel wine include blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, cherry, as well as black pepper,...