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The 5 Best White Zinfandel You Should Drink in 2022

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This is our review of the 5 Best White Zinfandel You should drink this year. Enjoy!

Zinfandel is a black grape that has gained popularity in both California and Italy. Its flavor ranges from red fruits to black fruit depending on its ripening. 

White Zinfandel is the Rosé version of Zinfandel. It has a light body, red fruit aromas and unlike other Rosé, it’s moderate to sweet.

Have you ever found yourself staring at many White Zinfandel bottles wondering which one you would like best?

After extensive research, we have picked a selection of the 5 best White Zinfandel you can find in the marketI must confess I’m quite happy with the research and work done. 
 
We have categorized them by regions, price point, etc.. and added an extensive buying guide on White Zinfandel so that you have all you need to make an informed decision.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi White Zinfandel 2018.
 
If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Broc Cellars White Zinfandel.
 
You’ll find the table of content below. Let’s start with the review!

Our Best White Zinfandel Selection

5 Best White Zinfandel Reviewed

Find below the reviews for our wine selection of the 5 Best White Zinfandel so that you have all the info you need to pick what’s best for you.

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: 2020 vintage rates better than any other year for this wine

Region: United States, Sonoma County

Tasting notes:
Strawberry, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Elderflower.

This delicious white zin is probably one of the best you’ll find around at this price point. 

This is probably why it’s very popular in the Vivino community.

Expect strawberry, watermelon, grapefruit, tropical fruit, hint of oak and elderflower.

3.7/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes:
Raspberry, Strawberry, Watermelon, Citrus, Honeysuckle.

Delicate raspberry and strawberry fruit character. Jasmine tea and orange zest perfume the aromas and lightly sweet flavors.

With hints of citrus and juicy red fruit from a proprietary blend of grape varieties, the wine’s fruity aromas and flavors come alive through watermelon and floral notes.

3.6/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes:
Raspberry, Strawberry, Tropical fruit, Peach, Hibiscus.

Expect flavors of Georgia peach, sun-ripened strawberries, succulent pears and pineapple.

Since it’s sweet, have it stone cold and it’ll be perfect for a hot summer day.

3.5/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes:
Raspberry, Strawberry, Tropical fruit, Peach, Rose water.

A medium-bodied wine. With a gorgeous, jewel-like color, the wine has fruit flavors and lingering aromas of sweet raspberries and notes of tropical fruit.

3.6/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes:
Strawberry, Watermelon, Melon, Cream.

A delicate blush pink color introduces this fresh, lively wine. On your palate, light creaminess surrenders to a refreshing crisp finish of strawberries and melon.

Buying Guide to White Zinfandel

It’s not just about which White Zinfandel you should buy. There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more.

The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview on all these topics.

White Zinfandel Overview

Here you find an overview on where this White Zinfandel style is most commonly planted.

Grape

Zinfandel

ABV

8%–10%

Main Regions

USA: California (Napa, Sonoma)

Other Regions

-

Grape

Zinfandel

ABV

8%–10%

Main Regions

USA: California (Napa, Sonoma)

Other Regions

-

White Zinfandel Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of White Zinfandel.

Color

Pink

Nose

Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry,
Citrus Note

Palate

Red Fruit
Citrus Fruit
Baking Spice, Graphite
Medium to Sweet
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium-Low Tannins
Light Body

Color

Pink

Nose

Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry,
Citrus Note

Palate

Red Fruit
Citrus Fruit
Baking Spice, Graphite
Medium to Sweet
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium-Low Tannins
Light Body

White Zinfandel Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for White Zinfandel.

Appetitizer

Sliced Salami/Pancetta,
Salads,
Fresh or Roasted Vegetables

Meat

Spicy Chicken,
Pork,
Indian cuisine

Fish

Crab cakes

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Hard (Grana Padano),
Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola)

Appetitizer

Sliced Salami/Pancetta,
Salads,
Fresh or Roasted Vegetables

Meat

Spicy Chicken,
Pork,
Indian cuisine

Fish

Crab cakes

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Hard (Grana Padano),
Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola)

Serve and Store White Zinfandel

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store White Zinfandel.

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay / Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

Up to 2 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay / Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

Up to 2 years

White Zinfandel Useful Insight

Regions and winemaking techniques influence White Zinfandel taste profiles. A rule of thumb is:

  • Cool Climates: red fruit notes like raspberry and strawberry are predominant.
  • Warm Climates: black fruit notes like blackberry, cherry, anise are predominant.

Our Verdict

White Zinfandel is the Rosé version of Zinfandel. It has a light body, red fruit aromas and unlike other Rosé, it’s moderate to sweet.

If you have been through the buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to navigate the White Zinfandel world.
 
At the same time, you have probably realized by now, that there’s a huge selection, many styles, and various price points.
 
The good news is that you can get very high quality usually at a good price if you know where to look!
 
That’s why proper guidance comes in handy. We hope our guide was helpful in this regard.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi White Zinfandel 2018. If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Broc Cellars White Zinfandel.
 
As always, make sure to serve your Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris at the right temperature and with the proper glass.

What to do next?

Be sure to serve your White Zinfandel at the right temperature. 

Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro! Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Zinfandel/Primitvo, Syrah/Shiraz, or the other red wines?

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about White Zinfandel.

What is White Zinfandel history?

Zinfandel’s history is quite interesting and deserves to be told! 

Zinfandel grapes originated in Croatia around 6000 BCE and DNA wise are identical to Primitivo in Italy and Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag grapes in Croatia. 

In the 18th century, it was introduced in Puglia in Italy. It then arrived in the US in the 1820s and by the 19th century, it became the most popular variety in California. Up until the 1950s, Zinfandel was nearly forgotten following the Great Depression [1] and the Prohibition [2].

Finally, at the end of the 20th century red Zinfandel rose to popularity once again and today is widely planted in California.

Where does White Zinfandel grow best?

Zinfandel/Primitivo grows best in warm and sunny regions. The grape ripening has a direct effect on the taste profile of the wine.

  • Under-Ripe / Cool Climates: red fruit (raspberry, red berry) flavors.
  • Ripe / Warm Climates: black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), anise, and black pepper flavors.

When is the perfect event to drink White Zinfandel?

Are you hosting or going to an event with spicy food, like Indian cuisine? White Zinfandel is a great match!

Is White Zinfandel sweet?

White Zinfandel is a medium sweet to sweet wine.

The sweetness level of a wine is expressed in grams of sugar per liter, aka g/L, or as a percentage. 

  • A medium wine contains less than 30-50 g/L.
  • A sweet wine contains between 50-100 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

When is the International White Zinfandel day?

There is an International Zinfandel day and it’s the 3rd Thursday in November. But Zinfandel has its own festival as well, the ZINEX [3].

How was White Zinfandel created?

White Zinfandel was actually created by accident. During the fermentation, the yeast died early and left a sugar residual.

The good news was that customers loved it and since then it gained popularity.

What’s White Zinfandel's typical price range?

White Zinfandel it’s an affordable wine! You’ll get a nice bottle for about $10-$15.

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