February 13, 2015
It’s time to explore what is probably the most trashy and hated wine, White Zinfandel. Please tell me how I’m wrong in the comments, and also how many credits you’re taking for your freshman year at college.
White Zinfandel is hated because it’s kind of considered a beginner’s wine. It has a relatively low alcohol content (booo), low calories (yayyy), and is super sweet (meh), making it pretty friendly to someone who has never had wine before. It’s often made from the bled-off juice of red Zinfandel. It’s made to be consumed pretty much immediately (no aging here) and, thus, snubbed by wine snobs everywhere.
Obviously, it’s really fucking sweet. The sugar content can make it taste almost like fruit punch, although there are varieties that offer a bit more acidity and crispness. These are not the varieties you will find at the bottom of a bag of Franzia – FYI. Some wineries are trying to make the hated, super-sweet wine into something more interesting – taking it to a more dry, crisp Rosé level. Fruit flavors will include blackcurrant, cherry, occasional strawberry, blackberry, plum, and even raisins (gag).
Because of the sweetness, White Zin actually makes a pretty good accompaniment to more spiced and savory dishes.