Different Types of Wines
To get a better understanding of wine, let's first talk about the different types of wines that are available.
After all, these are the names
by which you'll most likely recognize them.
At its most basic, wine can be broken down into several basic categories. I've listed them below:
Each category of wine is made from a specific type of grape. A single grape type is referred to as varietal
And they are so named based on the type of grape variety used.
For example, wine made from Zinfandel grapes is called Zinfandel
made from Sauvignon Blanc grape is called Sauvignon Blanc
. So on and so forth.
In countries such as the US, the wines are named after the grape variety used, while in other parts of the world, such as
Europe, the labels are given based on the region or appellation
of the grapes.
Hence, we get names such as Cabernet and Merlot,
named after the variety and
Bordeaux and Champagne,
which are named after the region.
The quality, character, and taste of the wine is going to depend largely on the type of grape variety used, and the actual
wine making process. The best way to distinguish between them is to taste the wine yourself.
Just as important as the grape variety or region, is the house, otherwise known as the producers that make the wine.
Examples of famous wineries include Beringer
or Domaine de la Romanee-Conti
Types of Red Wine
Sweet Red Wine