Types of Red Wine : Zinfandel Wine Facts

By Brian Lemay 60 comments

Hi, I’m going to tell you about Zinfandel,
the wine. Now if you think of this as Zinfandel, you’re right. There’s a very popular wine
called white Zinfandel. It’s made from the red grape known as Zinfandel, and we make
this nice pink, kind of salmon colored, orangey, light sometimes fruity and sweet wine, by
just allowing a little bit of fermentation on the grapes skins, where all the color comes
from. And if you like white Zinfandel, then you should keep drinking it and you should
also enjoy your soda pop after that. However, on the other hand, if you’re a fan of big,
bold, fruity, juicy, spicy red wines, you want to know about red Zinfandel. Actually,
I don’t even have to say red Zinfandel, it’s really just Zinfandel. Although so many people
like white Zinfandel, I just always kind of differentiate between the two. Whenever I
say Zinfandel, people think of pink, so I sometimes say red. So this is about red Zinfandel.
Red Zinfandel is a beautiful wine made from a big dark purple grape. It’s very popular
in California. As a matter of fact, the Californian’s invented the word Zinfandel, so they kind
of claim Zinfandel as their own, kind of a national grape of California. And if you allow
the wine to ferment on the grapes skins for the entire period of fermentation, you get
a very bold, very juicy, very spicy red wine. As a matter of fact, the taste and flavors
and aroma of Zinfandel can be summed up in two words, fruity-spicy. In the bottom of
the glass, you’ll always get a smell of blackberry. Deep rich blackberry, concentrated, almost
jammy. As a matter of fact, I think they invented the wine tasting term, jammy for Zinfandel.
After the blackberry, the top of the glass or in the middle, you’re going to get black
pepper, spices, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. It’s going to be big and bold, very dry, very tannic
and yet extremely fruity. If you put your nose in the middle of the glass, and really
smell, you might also get the aroma of coco, but not chocolate, not a chocolate bar, but
dry coco powder, like the kind you get for baking. That makes it kind of an interesting
match for chocolate food as a matter of fact, like chocolate cake. But my favorite thing
to serve with Zinfandel is barbecue. If you think about barbecue, it’s fruity, it’s spicy,
it’s a little bit acidic and that’s exactly the way we can describe Zinfandel. Zinfandel
is big enough, bold enough and bad enough to stand up to the biggest grilled food, the
biggest barbecue in the world. So try your Zinfandel, I call it a barbecue red, try it
with your barbecue, your other big food, try it with a Gorgonzola cheese burger, that’s
a really nice way to spend a Friday evening, even if no one else is around.



Nov 11, 2008, 12:58 am Reply

She needs to use the words:




Thats how I talk about wine also talk about the soul of the wine wines have a soul you know.


Dec 12, 2008, 6:42 pm Reply

I must say i like that she talks about wine (even though she doesn't have as much knowledge i was hoping for) because i would like to see more people from other parts of the world (USA) to get their eyes more open for wine. I was staying at a nice hotel in the states a couple of years ago, and when ordering wine i had the choice between red or white. THATS IT! i mean DAMN!
Wine is sooo more complex, classy and more tasty with food than that water americans call beer.


Dec 12, 2008, 10:21 pm Reply

Ok, ill take your word for it. But my guess will be that most americans still stick to their "water". Any beer suggestions btw?

skatobetho skatopaido

Feb 2, 2009, 10:39 pm Reply

you are totally right. I've been working with Wines for 4 years. She has an interesting way of describing them but definitely not a way I can talk to my customers. I just go by quality and Body that's pretty much it.


May 5, 2009, 9:35 pm Reply

so what? she knows what she's talking about.


Jul 7, 2009, 5:35 am Reply

Love your videos!

Clarity Zone

Oct 10, 2009, 1:23 am Reply

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Nov 11, 2009, 7:04 am Reply

I love it. I usually drink it before I go to sleep. Oooh, it makes me feel light and fly. haha


Apr 4, 2010, 10:38 pm Reply

Thank you for the Closed Caption.. Zinfandel is one of my favorite wine.!


May 5, 2010, 2:21 pm Reply

Maybe she should remind that Zinfandel grape is not californian, but from Puglia in Italy. The real name is Primitivo…


Aug 8, 2010, 11:03 am Reply

Interesting and inspiring! I grew up in France and wine has been a natural ingredience in my life! Take care!!


Aug 8, 2010, 1:24 am Reply

Would make a nice intro to zinfandel, minus the snooty crack comparing white zin to "soda pop"…. very classy. And ironic coming from someone whose first thought for a good food paring is "barbecue"(yee-hah)! Which it looks like she enjoys, alot…."big and bold" indeed…


Aug 8, 2010, 4:39 pm Reply

@matonmongo shut up, idiot


Sep 9, 2010, 6:04 am Reply

thank u !


Sep 9, 2010, 6:08 am Reply

@matonmongo oh I guess u are too good for bbq? wtf!? yeah the wine u drink probly goes best with a brown bag!! and the dollar menu!

Kevn Smith

Sep 9, 2010, 7:21 am Reply

is it cheap?….will it make my poo black?

Rahul Mishra

Oct 10, 2010, 1:08 pm Reply

lavish method of tasting wine. thanx


Dec 12, 2010, 8:26 am Reply

white zin is a great desert wine imo.

I haven't tried a whole lot of wine.

but i like White zin, chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Maybe its because i haven't tried any good ones…but the Reds are just too dry for me.


Dec 12, 2010, 7:15 am Reply

Check out WINE vs FOOD (Episode One) on youtube

Think Chinese chicken feet with a glass of California Merlot OR BBQ Pork over rice with a Spicy Shirazz!!!


Dec 12, 2010, 8:51 pm Reply

it goes great with new york strip steak

Robby Chisholm

Jan 1, 2011, 11:47 am Reply

Zins are my favorite red wines. White Zin tastes like soda mixed with kerosene though, and they're always a little effervescent. I'm not a wine expert but I know good from bad. In reds I like Zin 1st, Chianti 2nd, and Merlot 3rd. Even the economy priced Zins are great; Tuscan Chianti is never cheap where I live; cheap Merlot is not suitable for drinking, it will give you a headache, I use it for cooking; the good Merlots are definately underrated.


Jan 1, 2011, 6:33 am Reply

@cosmosman if you like whites, i'd suggest a Johannesburg Riesling, or Gewurztraminer. Reds, try a Shiraz, or a greek amethystos red.

Heidi McLain

Jan 1, 2011, 4:46 pm Reply

Check out the Wine Lingo of the Day on the ToYourTaste channel for entertaining, illustrated excerpts from real, really ridiculous wine reviews.

Alejandro Moreno S.

Jan 1, 2011, 11:37 pm Reply

ha! I love the subtle slam on white zin (the ultimate cheese), "soda pop" (snicker sneer).


Feb 2, 2011, 10:00 pm Reply

I have made both a "white" and a red Zin this year. Excellent. Happy drinking.


Mar 3, 2011, 10:28 pm Reply

who is she to say anything about someone liking the white Zinfandel. "Enjoy your soda pop after that". Yep leave it to export village. I could say that she has enjoyed her BBQ too much, but that would not be nice.


May 5, 2011, 7:29 am Reply

@Cheers2Wine thats cause she called Zinfandel, Zinfandel and the other one Zinfandel as well, i dont think she can tell the diffrence between Zinfandel and Zinfandel. Its easy Zinfandel is Zinfandel and ther other one is Zinfandel.


Jun 6, 2011, 3:14 am Reply

I bought white Zinfandel Beringer and. My tact bud's didn't mix to well so. Is their any thing i could do to make it taste better.


Jul 7, 2011, 12:01 am Reply

fake 😛

Shar G

Aug 8, 2011, 5:57 pm Reply

lol no that was a hilarious comment. hahha =] "enjoy your soda pop"


Nov 11, 2011, 5:38 pm Reply

Nice video! We'll also be running a zinfandel on UNWINED.TV – the open wine show! I should stress, it'll be red zinfandel!

Tony Tony

Nov 11, 2011, 6:33 pm Reply

all wines are works of art anyone that belittles are anything but wine experts. every wine has its purpose a well made white zin matches well with anything you would match a port with especially blue cheeses in fact in matches better then port because the acidity in the zin will cut through the fat of the cheese……

Agriturismo Marciano

Dec 12, 2011, 5:46 pm Reply

Good work! Have you ever tasted "Canaiolo Nero" 100% from Organic Tuscany?


Jan 1, 2012, 12:15 am Reply

gorgonzola cheese and the world's finest wine


Mar 3, 2012, 7:03 pm Reply

Go HENnessy!!!


Jul 7, 2012, 8:41 pm Reply

"Even if no one else is around." 🙁
Forever alone…


Sep 9, 2012, 6:21 pm Reply

good informative video….im gonna go buy old english now, since i cant afford these

Zvonimir Bobic

Jan 1, 2013, 8:45 pm Reply

not from Italy originally, bcus it had been introduced there from Dalmatia in Croatia. The real name is Crljenak. Zinfandel sounds german, right? and guess what, Croatia used to be a part of Habsburg and Austrian empire 🙂


Apr 4, 2013, 10:04 pm Reply

these looks quite good, but are they?

Drayke Brooks

Apr 4, 2013, 1:51 pm Reply

@Tony Tony. You have no clue what you're talking about.


Aug 8, 2013, 11:52 pm Reply

Enjoying some zin right now! (with some chocolate!)


Aug 8, 2013, 11:18 pm Reply

Coppola makes a good Zin, along with his films.


Oct 10, 2013, 6:26 am Reply

why? you should buy a sutter home zinfandel 4.99 and that is the regular price! That bottle to yourself is like two bottle of 40oz.

Earl Ledden

Jun 6, 2014, 10:04 am Reply

I can see you enjoy a good Zin!

Turd Furguson

Jul 7, 2014, 7:14 pm Reply

Drink your soda pop after that had me laughing!

J Applic

Nov 11, 2014, 3:56 pm Reply

zinfandel is actually primitivo, from Italy.


Dec 12, 2014, 5:31 pm Reply

Nice. BBQ this is the one.

Jennifer D.

Feb 2, 2015, 7:53 pm Reply

Being condescending is definitely not a way to bring more people to wine.  A good wine person can get a white zin person to a riesling and from a riesling to a pinot grigio or a lighter vioger with time and a good experience. And actually red zinfandel comes from primivitio grapes so what California might claim as a unique grape is actually an Italian immigrant. Just as carmenere is not simply Chilean merlot. Both are old world grapes that have found new fans as their newer terror helps them express hidden talents.

K Ross

Nov 11, 2015, 10:43 pm Reply

Whether Primitivo and Zinfandel are exactly the same grape is not a settled issue, since DNA and isozyme analyses have been somewhat inconsistent and a degree of genetic divergence may have occurred. What is not in dispute, is that both grapes descend from a Croatian varietal called Crijenak. Perhaps more to the point for oenophiles is that California Zinfandels taste different than Italian Primitivos. This may be due to subtle genetic differences, or terroir, or wine making styles, but in my opinion, no Italian Primitivo that I've tasted measures up to a great California zin–for example one of Turley's. For what it's worth, I didn't find Ms. Nickles condescending. "White" zin is pretty much soda pop with alcohol.

K Ross

Nov 11, 2015, 8:41 pm Reply

Hmm. In response to 67goldtops, Bedrock and Storybook make great Zins, no argument there. But I certainly wouldn’t describe Turley as “maple syrup.” And in that regard, I’m in good company. I would refer readers to the Wine Advocate’s review of the just released 2013 Zins from Turley, particularly the Salvador (98 pts), Dragon (97+ pts), and Cedarman (97+ pts). They’re all in my cellar and they are spectacular. Of course, not everyone agrees with the “Parker pallete,” but similar enthusiastic reviews can be read in Wine Spectator, Vinous, Tanzer (IWC), etc. Turley’s style has evolved over 20 years. The problem with Turley is that it’s hard to get. I was on the Turley waiting list for three years before I got an allotment. The net result is that some who criticize it haven't actually tasted it. But it’s available in the aftermarket if you’re willing to pay a premium. And finally, Tribidrag is Crljenak by another name—same grape, different nomenclature. The important point from my previous post (for folks who want to learn about Zin) is that a Primitivo from Puglia and a Zin from California, while sharing a common ancestry, taste quite different. And while this may be largely the consequence of terroir and style, it may also result from genetic variation over time and place.

Eric Campbell

Feb 2, 2016, 10:19 am Reply

Fuck I'm 21 and single I really hope her last comment isn't my future

Marquise de Carabas

Oct 10, 2016, 10:32 pm Reply

Spanish institute La Riohe did research on Montenegrin autochtonous grape Kratosija and the findings are that Kratosija is older end geneticaly identical to ZInfandel, Crljenak, Primitivo. So Kratosija is the beginig of these varieties, they also drew conclusions that surounding area of Skadar Lake was not under the ice during the last glatiation. They discovered 45 diferent varieties of wild vines, the riches world finding of wild grape vines, and all that in the area less than 150 square kilometers large.

Shawn Afshar

Feb 2, 2017, 11:52 pm Reply

Predator Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi is a great tasting wine

Elaisa Grace

Apr 4, 2017, 6:07 pm Reply

Nice presentation! Thank you for your passion and the info!


Nov 11, 2017, 7:16 pm Reply

Thank you for this advice.

Race Frazier

May 5, 2018, 12:13 am Reply

Good to know. I was expecting a Cabernet Sauvignon but I must have grabbed the wrong bottle. I'm new into wine and really enjoy cabernets.

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Jun 6, 2018, 10:08 am Reply

King of box wines ?

Angela Jones

Sep 9, 2018, 3:15 am Reply

Love this! Thank you!

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Aug 8, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

Im getting a hint of fruit cake and bat shit crazy

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