Searching for a wine to pair with tonight’s dinner? Or want a special wine for a gift to someone special? It may feel overwhelming choosing a wine from so many. Well, our staff at Downtown Liquor is here to help, all you have to do is ask! Also, we do frequent wine tastings and always have some great wines on special. We also have a “Staff’s Pick” section on our wall, full of great choices.
Here’s an excerpt from Wine Folly explaining the basics on wine:
The Basic Types of Wine
Five Main Styles of Wine
All wines can be organized into five fundamental groups. Within each group there are hundreds of different grape varieties and also different winemaking styles.
- Red Wine
- Still wine made with black grapes. These can range from light to dark and bone-dry to sweet.
- White Wine
- A still wine produced from green and sometimes black grapes. Flavors span from rich and creamy to light and zesty.
- Rosé Wine
- Still wine from black grapes produced by removing the skins before they deeply color the wine. Also formed by blending red and white wine together. Both dry and sweet styles of rosé are common.
- Sparkling Wine
- A style of winemaking involving a secondary fermetation causing bubbles! Sparkling wine can be red, white, or rosé and can range from minerally to rich and sweet.
- Fortified Wine
- A style of winemaking involving fortifying wine with spirits. Typically a dessert wine, but many dry-style fortified wines exist, such as dry Sherry.
Level of Sweetness
Within the five main styles of wine are different levels of sweetness. This is a winemaking style, as most wines can be produced from Dry to Sweet.
- A dry wine is produced when all of the grape sugars are fermented into alcohol. Some dry wines may have a touch of RS to add body but not sweetness.
- (aka Off Dry) A semi-sweet wine leaves a touch of the sugars in a wine usually to complement acidity and/or aromatics in wine. Riesling is typically Off-Dry.
- A sweet wine leaves a lot of the sugars in a wine unfermented. Sweet wines are typically lower alcohol if they are not fortified. (ex: Moscato d’Asti 5.5% ABV)