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What is Crljenak Kaštelanski?

A. Cabernet Sauvignon

B. Petit Verdot

C. Cabernet Franc

D. Zinfandel

D.

The zinfandel grape’s history in California goes back to the 1830s when it was  imported from Croatia (then a part of the Austro Hungarian Empire). In the 1990s, DNA typing revealed zinfandel to be the Croatian grape called, in modern times, crljenak kaštelanski. During the Middle Ages and earlier, however, the grape was called tribidrag and was grown all over the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Linguistically speaking, it’s not known how tribidrag evolved to crljenak kaštelanski evolved to zinfandel.

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