The A.V. Club: Start Your Wining!

First things first: Zinfandel is a red wine, not pink—and most certainly not “white.” Most people are familiar with Zin in the form of “white Zinfandel,” a light, cheap, pink, low-alcohol beverage that tastes more like a wine cooler than wine. Zinfandel (the red one), on the other hand, is the exact opposite; the flavors are concentrated and deep and often are a balance of fruit, acid, and spice. Zins are known for being “hot,” wine-geek-speak for heavy flavors and high alcohol content. In real life, that makes these wines a good match for spicy or grilled foods. Barbecue, anyone?

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