The Search is Over!
search is over. At least for the origin of the Zinfandel wine grape...and
it's not made in the US or Italy (primitivo) but in Croatia. We
remember Mike Grgich telling us: "that grape look no further,
it come from my country." Well he was almost right. The origin
is Croatia but Mike was talking about the plavac mali, a grape varietal
that descends from the newly identified crljenak kastelanski. Dr.
Carole Meredith, a professor and geneticist at the University of
California at Davis, is in cahoots with Croatian researchers from
the University of Zagreb, Dr. Ivan Pejic and Dr. Edi Maletic, and
they are proud of the discovery. This search had been going on for
several years and, thanks to improvement in DNA profiling, the culprit
has finally been identified.
origin of wine grapes is fascinating (the Stoty). We acclaim Meredith's
work for solving the Zin puzzle and identifying others in the past,
including Cabernet, Chardonnay and Syrah. Though she's retiring
from the university, she and her husband will continue producing
Syrah from their winery, Lagier-Meredith.
In any case, just like most other of life's basicslike pasta,
sauerkraut, the compass and gunpowderthey were all brought
to us by the Chinese: we recently had a Cab from the Yantai province:
The Great Wall. It was not as great as its namesake wonder but look
out-we hear of a couple interesting projects coming from "very
old country." Back in the US, we've had Zins from Texas and
New Mexico, two of the ancient wine-growing states, but nothing
to write home about.