“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – White Zinfandel

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – White Zinfandel

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with the third most popular wine in the U.S. Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount. Today’s Featured Wine is: White Zinfandel White Zinfandel is a relative newcomer in the wine industry; however, the grape varietal from which it is derived is an old favorite. The Zinfandel (a red varietal) grape was grown in mass quantities in California beginning in the mid-1970s. However, white wine began gaining in popularity not long after the rise of the red varietal in California. When demand grew for white wines, the demand exceeded the availability of white wine grapes. Therefore, California producers were forced to improvise and find ways to make "white" wine from red grapes, with minimal skin contact; thus, the White Zin was born. Red Zinfandel grapes typically produce a bold and spicy red wine. So, the vineyards in California found a method of processing Zinfandel grapes to appeal to the white wine drinkers. White Zinfandel is made like any other blush wine, without the skins. Red Zinfandel grapes are peeled, and without those skins, the resulting wine sweet and takes on a blush color. Although Red Zinfandel and White Zinfandel taste dramatically different, both are made from the same (red) grapes, processed in a different way. White Zinfandel is typically manufactured for immediate consumption as opposed to being produced for aging. A study completed in February 2006 showed that White Zinfandel accounted for 10% of all wine sold by volume. Those numbers make it the third most popular varietal in the U.S., outselling traditional Red Zinfandels 6:1 by volume. We think you will notice citrusy and light flavors such as orange, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry and cherry. The White Zin pairs beautifully with pasta dishes containing cream-based-sauces, fish, pork, bacon and pancetta, mild cheeses, Asian cuisine and crab cakes. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/personalize-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-white-zin“




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