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No grape is more strongly identified with the history of wine and viticulture in California. The romance of Zinfandel ("Zin" for short) is likely due in no small part to its origins, shrouded as they are—or were until recently—in mystery. For years it was taught almost as a catechism that Zinfandel's first appearance in California was a small plot planted by Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy at his experimental station in San Diego in 1851. By the 1990s, academics at UC Davis, thanks to DNA "fingerprinting," homed in on Zin's true origins: Croatia's Crljenak Kastelanski grape (which,    More