Wine is a meal companion that many people enjoy every day. It is, however, an acquired taste for some. The wine has the ability to enhance a meal or ready the palate for a well-prepared dish. There are several types of wine that everyone should know. Below is a list of the most common types of wine that you will hear about and see on shelves at the liquor store.
Red Wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. White wines include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most enjoyed wines in the world. It can taste of black cherry, black currant, baking spices, plums, as well as vanilla, cedar, coffee, or chocolate because it is aged in oak. Bordeaux, Napa, Chile, Australia, and California produce good cabernets. It is a full-bodied red wine and contains more tannins than other wines.
Merlot is a lighter wine than the cabernet. Its flavors will include plums, blackberries, and even mint or chocolate. Fewer tannins are used in merlot and it is ready to drink earlier than the cabernet. It needs less aging. Good merlot is produced in Washington State, California, and Chile.
Pinot Noir can taste of cherries, cranberries, beets, rhubarb, or even mushroom. It has fewer tannins, but high acidity. Oregon, Burgundy, and New Zealand produce good pinot noir.
Shiraz or Syrah can taste of plum, blueberry, tobacco, black pepper, and violets. It is also a full-bodied red wine. It is a fruity wine and is often used in blends.
Chardonnay has a taste of yellow. It can taste of yellow citrus, yellow pears, and apples, tropical fruits like bananas and pineapple, cinnamon, butterscotch or even a bit of toasted caramel. Burgundy and California produce great chardonnays.
Riesling has the taste of green apples, pear, and lime. It is crisp and clean. As it ages it can take on other flavors like honey.
Sauvignon Blanc has the taste of citrus and exotic fruits like kiwi and passion fruit. It is lighter than some other wines.
Get tasting and find the ones that you like the most.