Before each harvest, winemakers have to determine first what direction they are going to take to produce their preferred drink. The wines are put into nine different categories based on their color, body, and other attributes.
Here is a list of the different styles of wine, from red and white to rosé and sparkling to dessert wines, to help you decide which one to order to either pair with your favorite food or enjoy on its own.
Full-Bodied Red Wines
Full-bodied wines are high in alcohol content and contain more tannins. The tannins are felt as a grippy sensation that dries your mouth and pulls it together. Full-bodied red wines also possess an aroma that resembles leather, various spices, and dark fruits like sour cherries. They are a powerful wine that one should pair with equal strength foods, such as a nice juicy steak. Serve them in large-bowled glasses to capture their flavors and aromas perfectly.
Medium-Bodied Red Wines
Known for being a great accompaniment to any food, the medium-bodied red wines are ideal for those who aren't fond of full-bodied wines. It typically has moderate acidity, a medium amount of tannin, as well as a predominantly fruity aroma resembling red fruits.
Light-Bodied Red Wines
Light-bodied red wines are made from brighter, thinner skinned grapes and have the least tannins among the reds. They are great to pair with many foods and are an excellent alternative for those who aren’t keen on the rough taste of tannins as well as the bold flavor of full-bodied wines. The lightest of the reds are also very light in tannins with bright acidity and served perfectly in a suitable glass to exude an enticing aroma of delicious red fruits.
Perfect summer wine, rosé is the middle ground between a red and white wine. It pairs flawlessly with spicier food, such as Mexican or Thai. It's best served if chilled to bring out its delightful fruity flavor, from raspberry and strawberry to melon and citrus notes.
Full-Bodied White Wines
Sets apart by their distinct coconut and vanilla notes, full-bodied white wines pair perfectly with seafood, such as risotto with asparagus, assorted cheeses, and poultry. They are aged in oak barrels for quite some time and can be a bit costly.
Light-Bodied White Wines
Light-bodied white wines are an excellent choice for those who fancy a touch of liveliness on the tongue. Ideal in hot weather, the light-bodied white wines are best to drink when they are still in their first or second year. These wines are also highly drinkable that you can enjoy either with a light snack or on their own.
Aromatic White Wines
With their floral and fruity perfume notes, the aromatic white wines are the ones that can sweeten up our lives. These wines are frequently made with some residual sugar to give balance to their otherwise bitterness or aggressive acidity.
Dessert And Fortified Wines
Sweeter wines but contain a lower degree of alcohol is what they called dessert wines. The winemakers may later fortify them by increasing the amount of alcohol and adding spirits that make them both sweet and intense. Dessert and fortified wines are both great accompaniment to all sorts of sweets, such as fruit pies, cakes, fudge, and cookies.
Sparkling wines like Champagne has remained the most popular choice for celebrating triumph or grieving over failure. Champagne is a protected name of sparkling wine produced in the French region. Therefore any sparkling wine produced in other places may have different names depending on where it was produced.
To better understand the different styles of wine, it’s best to pay a visit to a well-stocked wine shop or go on a wine tasting.