Basic Guide to Different Kinds of Wine


There are two basic wines – red and white. While this sounds limiting there are dozens of different taste within those two broad categories.

A Simple List of Popular White Wineswineglass_PNG2909

Chardonnay – Fruity buttery with a velvety feel that’s atypical to dry white wines
Moscato – Fruity and often sweet
Pinot Grigio – Simple light-bodied dry and crisp
Riesling – Usually very sweet with intense fruit flavors Much lighter than chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc – Dry tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit


A Simple List of Popular Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon – Full-bodied with herbal notes Younger cab has rich flavors of currant
Merlot – Fruity spicy, very soft less bitter than Cabernet sauvignon
Pinot Noir – Delicate and fresh very soft bitter aftertaste with fruity aromas
Zinfandel – Typically zesty ranges from medium- to full-bodied and dry to off-dry

I am usually a white wine kind of girl. I like sweet wines, while I have found a couple of sweet reds, generally I come home with mostly bottles of white wine. Preferring one wine to another isn’t wrong, everyone has different taste buds. Two different people can taste the same bottle of wine and both have pick out different things within it. One may sense a oaky taste, meaning it was aged in a wood barrel. While the other person may sense a nice chocolate aftertaste.

I am no expert in wine, but I do know what I enjoy. If you aren’t a wine drinker I hope we can find something that intrigues you. If you are a wine drinker, hopefully we can find a new kind of wine you haven’t tried before.

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