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Back in the 1960s and early 1970s I used to drink a jug wine called Zinbardel. They stopped making it and I haven't been able to find it since. Does anyone still make Zinbardel wine?

  • Was this a red or white wine or did they produce both types of wine? – Ken Graham Apr 10 '17 at 12:57
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There is nothing called "Zinbardel". The only thing close is Zinfandel. Just in case I was missing something I did a google search on ZinBARdel and it had only 6 results. One of them was your question! Now if you are talking about ZinFANdel, all you have to do is go to your closest supermarket and buy a jug of Gallo Zinfandel.

  • Google didn't exist inthe 60s and 70s, so I'm not particularly surprised you didn't find anything there. – Xander Jan 25 '17 at 13:03
  • I have 18 years in the wine industry and I have never heard of it. I did a search on it through the federal government at ttbonline.gov and they show no record of any product with that name. – farmersteve Jan 25 '17 at 18:02
  • I would have said what Steve S said. – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 12 '17 at 13:01
  • @Xander Not really relevant: many other subjects with information of interest published prior to Google's existence have that information posted to the web and subsequently indexed by Google. – Nat Bowman Mar 17 '17 at 17:35
  • I am quite an expert in grape varieties. I checked my references, some of them quite old and could not find any reference. Grape varieties do not come and go that quickly. You be the judge. Zinfandel or Zinbardel? – farmersteve Mar 17 '17 at 18:42
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The marketing strategy of labeling wines below the luxury or super-premium price points with grape varietal names was just emerging in the late 60s or early 70s. So the product name may not have been a varietal; as a "jug wine" it may have been a marketing name for a blend (perhaps Zinfandel & Barbera).

Alternatively Hugh Johnson's Vintage: The Story of Wine states that a vine called 'Black Zinfardel from Hungary' was offered in the 1830 catalog of the Princes of Long Island nursery (p 364). Could it be a memory lapse?

  • I thought the original poster was having a "lapse". I agree it could be Zinfardel. Zinbardel could be a mash up of zinfandel and barbera, but if it was a jug wine, there should be some record of it out there and I searched high and low and could find nothing. – farmersteve Apr 10 '17 at 16:45

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