A Quick Guide to Pink Wines

group of pink wine in glasses

Pink wines come in a range of beautiful hues, from cantaloupe to mandarin orange and near purple, depending on the grape varieties and techniques used. They include rosés, blushes, and white zinfandels, and can be still or sparkling. Here's what you need to know before you buy and serve
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Rosé wines are made from several types of red grapes. The wine's pale color comes from quickly removing the skins from the juice after the grapes are pressed, which prevents the transfer of most tannins and color from the skin's pigments. But just because rosé wines are paler and lighter in body doesn't mean all rosés are sweet.

Serving Tip: Rosés are best served slightly warmer than typical white wines—between 48 and 53 degrees.

White Zinfandel

White zinfandel is not a white wine but an American coinage for blush wine made with red zinfandel grapes. Fruity in flavor, with a high amount of sugar, zinfandel grapes are widely planted in America and readily available as primary grapes and blending grapes.

Serving Tip: Sweeter white zinfandels are actually best served slightly colder than white wines because the coldness moderates their sweetness.