Story Behind America's Favorite Wine: White Zinfandel
by Aariana Adams
Home Winery in Napa, California, produced the first White Zinfandel
wine in the early 1970's. No one would have predicted its popularity.
Beringer Vineyards took on the challenge of offering this white-styled,
but decidedly pink wine, to those who wanted a not-so-dry wine.
By preserving a light and fresh red-berry nuance and a touch of
the "zing" found in a ripe red wine, Beringer modeled
the best-selling wine of all time.
easy drinking, lighter and slightly sweeter wine is made from
a very good grape - the Zinfandel. The Zinfandel grape is red.
There's no such thing as a white Zinfandel grape, so here's the
Zinfandel gets its blush of color from the deep red skin of the
Zinfandel grape. When the grapes are harvested, the skins are
left on for only a short time, a few hours to a day, perhaps.
The weight of the grapes, pressing against each other, extracts
a pretty pink-tinged juice. In contrast, a winemaker making red
Zinfandel wine will leave the juice and the red skins in contact
for days or weeks, producing a deep red juice.
all blush wines are equal and here is where White Zin shines.
It is made from a quality grape. This red Zinfandel grape is known
for its luscious deep, berry-fruit flavors and a characteristic
spiciness (think "blackberries") - which transfers to
White Zinfandel in a delectable, but less intense manner, than
in the red version.
contrasts with a wine just labeled "Blush" and not naming
the grape. There are laws protecting the consumer: If the label
uses a grape name, it is guaranteed to be a certain, high percentage
of that specific grape. If the label says simply "Blush,"
it may be a mixture of some inferior red and white wine to create
the pink color.
Zin is the best selling wine, not only in restaurants, but in
wine shops as well. The traditional wedding champagne fountain
often flows with the pink and juicy White Zinfandel and it's the
favorite toast between a bride and groom.
Zinfandel grape is, famous for full-flavored, spicy red wines
- the kind of wine you love with a big bowl of pasta and a Tuscan
red sauce, the house Barbeque with a smoky hickory glaze, a succulent
rib-eye or even your favorite chili recipe. Your in-restaurant
or in-store wine professional will help you choose a red Zinfandel
that's just perfect for your menu.
find both White Zinfandel and red Zinfandel readily available,
but they are two very different wines, made from the same grape.
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