Wine for Dummies: Your Complete Guide to Different Types of Wine


Are you looking to learn more about the world of wine?

Wine is so complex that some people dedicate their entire lives to tasting and learning about it. Once you understand the basics of wine, you'll be able to appreciate the countless grape varieties that are available for you to enjoy.

But, if you're just a beginner, this wine for dummies guide is a great place to start. We're going to start with the basics and outline the eight primary styles of wine. From red wine and white wine to more complex wine such as sparkling and dessert, we're covering it all.

Once you understand the different styles of wine, you'll be able to better comprehend the world of wine.

It's safe to say that you'll never look at wine the same again!

1. Light-Bodied White Wine

Red wines may gain the most global attention but finding a crisp, light-bodied white wine is perfect for summertime.

For the non-wine drinker, a light-bodied white wine is an ideal place to begin your wine journey. These light wines are often considered the beer of wine. This is because they are easy to drink, lighter in alcohol and the perfect refreshment for a hot day.

The best part? Light-bodied white wine is simple to pair with most foods. So far as flavor, expect notes of gooseberry, herbs and even slight pepper notes.

If you're looking to try your first light-bodied white wine, opt for a Pinot Gris or a Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to temperature, be sure to keep the wine refrigerated as flavors are best appreciated when cold. This is best achieved through the use of a wine fridge or wine cooler.

2. Full-Bodied White Wine

A full-bodied white wine is more suited to a true red wine lover. This is because their flavors are more heavy and intense. For this reason, full-bodied white wines are not the ideal choice for summer. Instead, these whites are better suited for cold, crisp days.

These flavor profiles are often more creamy and rich than light-bodied whites. To get these heavy flavors, white wines are often aged in oak barrels. This helps to achieve creamy notes that can often resemble buttery flavors.

The most classic full-bodied white wine is Chardonnay. This style of wine offers smooth, yet rich flavors that are usually desirable to more accustomed wine drinkers.

To pair, Chardonnay goes perfectly most seafood. Be it lobster, scallops, tuna or crab, Chardonnay is not picky when it comes to food from the sea.

Again, be sure to keep these whites refrigerated. The most recommended temperature for white wine is at 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Light-Bodied Red Wine

A light-bodied red wine is a perfect wine for a hot, summer day. More light in color than full-bodied reds, light wines are often translucent and allow light to shine through the liquid.

For those that are new to wine, a light-bodied wine such as Pinot Noir is a great place to start. Compared to other red wine, Pinot Noirs are the lightest and easy-to-drink red wine available. It's this reason that light-red wines are some of the most popular in the world.

These light-bodied reds typically pair well with charcuterie, ham and other cured meats.

4. Full-Bodied Red Wine

In the world of wine, nothing stands out more than a delicious, full-bodied red wine. These wines often have strong aromas, plenty of flavor and mouth-coating tannins. You can expect dark fruit notes with a touch of oak that comes from the aging process.

Home wine cellars often use wine racks to store this type of wine. This way, the wine can age to the desired drinking age and be enjoyed at it's best moment.

These wines are perfect to drink by the fire on a cold winter night or to be opened in the summer to pair with your favorite cut of meat.

Look to classic examples like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec when choosing the perfect full-bodied red.

5. Rose Wine

Rose is the official wine of summer!

Crisp, fruity and always refreshing. Rose is a great way to start your wine journey. You'll be to recognize rose wine by its distinct pink, pale colors.

These wines are perfect on their own but can also be paired with a wide variety of food. Their low-alcohol and bight fruit flavors make them perfect for a picnic in a park or enjoying with friends on the patio.

Look for wines from Southern France -the birthplace of Rose wines.

6. Dessert Wine

This is a category that is often forgotten by new wine drinkers. Dessert wines are made all over the world and are often the perfect wine to cap off a great meal.

Made in many different styles, most dessert wines will be very sweet with lots of honey and marmalade characteristics. Often made from white grapes, these wines will pair well with classic French desserts and can even be poured over your favorite ice cream.

For beginners, look for Ice Wines from Canada, sweet Riesling from Germany or Sauternes from France.

Your Guide to Wine for Dummies

Are you looking to better increase your knowledge of wine?

Wine is one of the most enjoyable and fascinating drinks in the world. It's also been connected to many health benefits including improving heart health and protecting against certain types of cancer. Of course, this is only when enjoyed in moderation!

With our wine for dummies guide, you'll be more prepared when it comes time to choose the perfect bottle for your occasion. This simplified guide will help you to discover your palette and understand what type of wine best suits your desires.

From here, the days of choosing your go-to wine based off of the label are gone!

If you're interested in learning more about wine, be sure to visit our website! You can learn how we can help build your relationship with wine and the many ways in which we can serve you.


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