CHOOSING A WINE

Sweet to Dry Reds

Sweet to Dry Whites

Red Wine vs White Wine

 

Okay, you probably don’t need any help recognizing a white wine versus a red wine. They look different and they certainly taste different as well. But since we’re in this to find you a bottle of wine that you’re going to enjoy, it’s worth your while to try and understand why they look and taste so different.

The culprit in both cases: the skins, and a little something they bring to the party called tannins. Remember the word tannin and what it means, because wine people talk about tannins a lot.

POPULAR SELECTIONS

Whites

Chardonnay

Fruity, buttery, with a velvety feel that’s atypical to dry white wines.

Pinot Grigio (aka Pinot Gris)

Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp.

Riesling

Usually very sweet, with intense fruit flavors. Much lighter than chardonnay.

Moscato

Fruity, and often sweet.

Sauvignon blanc

Dry, tart and acidic with herbal flavors as well as tropical fruit.

Reds

Cabernet sauvignon

Full-bodied with herbal notes. Younger cab has rich flavors of currant.

Merlot

Fruity, spicy. Very soft, less tannic than Cabernet sauvignon.

Pinot noir

Delicate and fresh, very soft tannins with fruity aromas.

Zinfandel

Typically zesty, ranges from medium- to full-bodied and dry to off-dry.

Other Wines & Champagnes

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chianti, Malbec, Grenache, Chenin Blanc, Syrah/Shiraz, Rose, Sparkling (Champagne/Prosecco)

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