Zinfandel should be considered among California’s crown jewels—but it’s often counted out as a grape variety because of its perceived taste. That’s no fault of winemakers—Zinfandel is a variety that grows unevenly. Zinfandel vines aren’t like more typical vines that grow vertically out of the ground with breezy canopies, producing massive bunches of fruit. Instead, Zinfandel’s vines are short, with stumpy trunks and branches that grow out in many directions.

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