Though they both originate from the same grape, the red and white Zinfandel each have their own distinct personalities. The divergent techniques employed during the wine-making process yield two strikingly different wines.
According to Vigilant Wine & Food Guide, although both the red and white Zinfandel come from the same Zinfandel grape, the skins are quickly removed after the grapes are crushed when making a white Zinfandel.
White Zinfandel wine is a pale rose color, while the coloring of a red Zinfandel is a deep red, almost black color.
The flavors of these two wines are also in stark contrast, as described by Vigilant Wine & Food Guide. While a white Zinfandel’s flavor is described as very sweet, a red Zinfandel’s flavor is described as spicy and peppery.
A red Zinfandel is best served around 65 degrees while its white counterpart is best served at around 54 degrees.
According to Wine Intro, a white Zinfandel pairs well with foods like fish, pasta and pork, while a red Zinfandel works well with “typical American” food and dishes with thick red sauces.
References and ResourcesVigilant Wine & Food Guide: "Wine and Food Pairing"
Wine Intro: "Zinfandel Wine Information"