As a part of our recent wine club giveaway, we asked people to comment on their favorite types of wine. Although we got many expected responses such as Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonnay, we also had a number of people who responded that their favorite wine is White Zinfandel.
We were surprised at the number of White Zinfandel responses because none of us at the Wine Club Group drink it. In fact, I often give my good friend, Carol, a hard time about the fact that it is her favorite. I'm not exactly a wine snob (just ask Todd what he thinks about my love of Riesling), but White Zinfandel would never be my choice. And yet it is one of the most popular wines in the United States. It got me wondering what type of wine club you should buy for someone who enjoys white zinfandel best.
White Zinfandel (sometimes called White Zin) is a pink-colored blush wine. It can sometimes be off-dry but is usually sweet. It is also generally inexpensive and has a low alcohol content.
Although I could not find any wine clubs that are specifically made up of White Zinfandel (which is not unusual because most wine clubs send a variety of wines), I did find some club choice that I think many White Zinfandel drinkers would enjoy.
First Choice for White Zinfandel Wine Club
First, I would suggest a Sweet Wine of the Month Club. There are not many of these around, but I have found one that I like very much. Vinesse is the only merchant I have found that specializes in sweet wines completely. Their Sweet Wine Club features mainly white wines with an occasional sweet red or sparkling wine (champagne).
The Vinesse Sweet & Light Club is available as either 6 or 12 bottles in a shipment, and the bottles run $15-17 each. That would be about $90-$100 plus shipping and tax for one shipment. You can choose to have them shipped once or twice, and they ship to just about every state in the country.
Second Choice for White Zinfandel Wine Club
Second, I would suggest a club that allows you to customize your shipments every both based on your personal preferences. Although Firstleaf Wine Club isn't a club that specializes in only sweet wines, it a great club that actually determines what you are sent in each shipment by the exact types of wines that you like. Your first shipment is 6 bottle for $40, or about $7 a bottle.
You first take a quiz where you are asked questions about different flavors that you like. They then match your profile with wines that their algorithm predicts you will enjoy. This will ensure that you receive a variety of different sweet wines in every shipment–ranging from Moscato to Riesling and including some you have probably never even heard of!
I'm not going to say I won't continue to tease my friend about her choice of White Zin as a favorite wine, but after doing some research I do understand the wine's popularity. Hopefully those who enjoy White Zinfandel will be willing to branch out a little bit and try some other sweet wines.
Are you a fan of White Zinfandel? Would you be interested in a White Zinfandel wine club?