There is a world of difference here! Technically, both are made from the Zinfandel varietal. This red grape primarily calls California its home, but can be found in Italy masquerading as “Primitivo”. The Zinfandel grape as a red wine produces high alcohol, jammy, peppery wines, usually from late ripening. The White Zinfandel wine was “discovered” by Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home in the mid-1970’s after a vat of Zinfandel juice was stuck during fermentation. If juice doesn’t ferment all the way, all the sugars aren’t converted into alcohol, therefore leaving sweetness to the wine. He decided to sell this semi-sweet pink wine and coined it “White Zinfandel”!