Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo is grown widely in California, but is thought to be related to the Primitivo grape of southern Italy, specifically the Puglia region.
The name though is of uncertain origin.
Red Zinfandel wines are particularly strong due to the grapes high sugar content allowing it to be fermented to over 15%, however 85% of zinfandel production is dedicated to White Zinfandel, which is in fact not white, but a rosé or blush.
White Zinfandel, which is quite sweet, is relatively low in alcohol at 9-10% and also low in calories at 124 per 175 ml serving (which you would get just over four glasses from a standard 750 ml bottle).
It is a good match for lighter meats such as turkey and pork, but also works well with summer barbecues and also lamb.
Your local wine supplier will be able to provide you with advice on matching wines to your menus.