Zinfandel

How do you define a white Zinfandel; a sensational Californian wine with a delicate colour and flavour bringing out the billowing summer berry fruit flavors.

Research has proved that the zinfandel variety of grape had originated from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and was discovered on the east coast of the United States only around the first half of the nineteenth century. Zinfandel is now authenticated as a Californian.


The discovery of white zinfandel happens to be very interesting; during the late 20th century, attempts were being made to make the biggest and boldest possible zinfandel. Loads of zinfandel grapes were crushed. It was time to drain off some of the white juice because the contact with the skin during the crushing procedure gave the wine its fascinating red colour. This left all of the skins with a minimum amount of white juice for the big zin that was being attempted to make. The drained off white juice was left to ferment. Due to a glitch during fermentation, the white wine developed a pink hue, and retained some sugar. It was decided to sell this wine through the tasting room, as "White Zinfandel". It became an overnight hit with the public, and soon millions of cases of White Zinfandel were being sold every year.


White Zinfandel allowed many people to enter the wine drinking world by being very fruity and I am one of those who got sold off to white zin. Most wines are fermented to dryness, which means that they ferment until all of the sugar has been consumed by the yeast but with white zin, the fermentation is stopped while the sugar is still left in the wine, giving a sweetness that is usually found in soft drinks. This quality has perhaps made drinking of this wine much easier, and more enjoyable. Though the white zin is absolutely wonderful by itself, it turns out to be simply fantastic when paired with meaty morsels of any kind; smoked, roasted or bar-be-qued or any kind of spicy or salty dishes.

Beringer Vineyards, one of the famous makers of white zinfandel, is the oldest and continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley.

Placed on the National Register for Historic Places as a Historic District in 2001, founder Jacob Beringer's foresight in recognizing the quality and potential of grape growing in the Napa Valley is now a part of the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards.

With the present use of most modern techniques to age-old traditions, the wines continue to reflect a dedication to the making of memorable white zins from the great Napa Valley vineyards. Beringer’s 2005 White Zinfandel focus on the usage of fresh red berry, citrus and melon aromas and flavors and round these out with soft tinges of nutmeg and clove. The wine has a youthful exuberance that appeals to anyone looking for an uncomplicated wine to accompany a meal.