What category of wine is white Zinfandel: red, white or rosé? Is the term “blush” still used?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What category of wine is white Zinfandel: red, white or rosé? Is the term “blush” still used?

—Robert, Massapequa, N.Y.

Dear Robert,

Despite the confusing name, “white Zinfandel” is a rosé. It’s also made in a slightly sweet style. “Blush” is a somewhat outdated term for rosé, or pink wine. It was more widely used in the 1970s and ’80s, back when off-dry wines like white Zinfandel were much more fashionable. For some, “blush” still refers to a sweeter style of pink wines.

—Dr. Vinny

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