Wine Styles: Picking Your Poison

When you look at how vineyards make wine, it seems to be pretty universal. So what is it that sets different wine styles apart? As it turns out, there’s a few different factors for each style which make them unique and stand out…

Wine Styles: Find Your Favorite

White wines

The first of the wine styles to look at are white wines. These are wines which vineyards make with lighter-colored grapes. In fact, white wines are some of the most popular and most-sold wines out there. Plus, they’re easy to pair with a lot of foods. Many people call them the “beer of wine” because of these factors!

Light-bodied white wines are some of the easiest wines to drink. They also tend to be pretty dry compared to other wines. Meanwhile, full-bodied white wines are very rich and smooth. These wines also have a bit of a creaminess to them which other kinds lack.

Red wines

The next of the wine styles are red wines. Red wines are a bit more on the acidic side. This is because of the tannins in the wine, which vineyards add to their wines as a result of the red wine making process. As a result, red wines tend to be a bit polarizing. Some like the bitterness, while others can’t stand it.

Light-bodied reds are pretty pale and have the lowest amount of tannins in them. Medium-bodied red are usually the go-to red wine, and tend be a nice middle ground. They also pair very well with a wide range of zesty foods. Full-bodied reds are very dark and bitter, but work especially well with foods like steak.

Unique types

There’s also a couple unique wine styles which fall into their own special groups. For instance, there’s dessert wines, which tend to be very sweet and often times have artificial flavors. These wines, like their name implies, tend to be drank after dinner, usually during or in-place of a dessert.

Sparkling wines are very light and bubbly. These wines, which include Champagne, tend to be reserved for special occasions, like weddings or birthdays. There’s also rosé, which is sort-of an in-between of white and red wines. As a result, they come in a wide variety of flavors, styles, and textures.