Saturday, November 29, 2008

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **+ $ Beringer White Zinfandel, CA

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Review: Being the second most widely sold wine in restaurants in the United States, you know right from the start that the Beringer White Zinfandel will be a crowd-pleaser. Its blush color, sweet style and light finish will mix easily with many palates and foods.

The white zinfandel variety is made from the red Zinfandel grape, given brief skin contact and finished with residual sugar. It began coming into fashion in the 1970's, when a Sutter Home winemaker turned a troublesome batch of zin into a sweet, light-finished moneymaker.

Despite the millions of cases sold each year, however, you'll find few serious reviews of this wine. So, "taking one for the team," here we are, ready to sniff, sip and assess.

In the glass, you'll notice the Beringer White Zinfandel shows transparent, with a whisper of rose/orange coloring. While slightly cool, the aroma is shy, but hinting of a dusty basement.

On the palate, the first thing you notice is the substantially sweet middle, moving quickly into a finish that is as brief as it is non-descript. I guess the trade-off of not offending anyone is that a wine may stop short of thoroughly engaging anyone as well.

So, I count this as pleasant but not enchanting. I'll award two stars with a big plus for its wholly pleasing nature. I would want just a bit more character to find my way back to the wine again. But, yes, at a holiday table with family or friends, with lots of food, plenty of chatter and loads of interruptions - it will be a perfectly compatible guest.

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1 comment:

  1. I completely agree Beringer White Zinfandel definitely isn't the best Zinfandel I've ever had. The price is cheap but you can find plenty of other great Zinfandel for a reasonable price.