Types of Wine: Zinfandel

Also known as Primativo, Zinfandel is at home in California. Zinfandels range in style from fruity blush wines, to fresh early drinking reds, to almost portlike reds. Zinfandel is a great example of how terrior influences and winemaking techniques can make totally different wines from the same grape variety.

Taste characteristics: fruit flavors, with spicy overtones

Serve: red Zinfandel should be served at cellar temperature (60 °F); white Zinfandel should be chilled, at white wine temp

Pair with: Red: duck, lamb, chorizo sausage, other spicy, full-flavored meats

White: ethnic foods, such as AIndian, Asian, Caribbean, and Mexican