These names indicate the particular district in which the flax has been grown, but it is more general to group the material into classes such as Livonian Crowns, Rija Crowns, Hoffs, Wracks, Drieband, Zins, Ristens, Pernau, Archangel, &c.
Interestingly, this type of California wine, either Zins or Syrahs, is typically high in alcohol and usually above the 14.5 percent line.
The spicy zins stand up nicely to the BBQ flavor.
Zins can be risky, especially if they are those brawny California fruit bombs that will make one swoon.
Their Russian River Syrah and Howell Mountain Zins and both were well-made and reasonably priced.