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What Makes White Zinfandel And Rosé Different?
White Zinfandel and rosé are two categories of wine with a charming pink color and a flavor somewhere between a bold red and lighter white. However, while sweet White Zins are often shunned today as less "grown-up" wines, and dry rosés are seen as hip and sophisticated, these types of wine are actually extremely similar.
Contrary to popular belief, rosé wine isn't typically a mixture of red and white wines, and it's made from many kinds of red grapes instead of just one. The grapes are juiced and left to sit with their skins on for a while, but the skins are removed sooner than for red wines, creating rosé's slightly milder flavor and signature pinkish hue.
Meanwhile, White Zinfandel is actually a type of rosé, but must be made with exclusively red Zinfandel grapes to be called a white Zin. Even the sweetest rosé is not as sweet as a common White Zinfandel, since much of the fruit's sugar is not converted into alcohol, with the fermentation process intentionally stopped early.
Besides White Zins being sweeter and less adaptable than rosé, rosés are widely made all over Europe (where they tend to be dryer) and in the U.S. and Australia (where they're a bit sweeter). Zinfandel grapes and Zinfandel-focused wineries are a California staple, and therefore many bottles of White Zin are made in this state.