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5 Main Types of Dessert Wine

 


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Skip the heavy dessert option for something that will make your mouth twinkle. Dessert wines are meant to be enjoyed in small glasses and treasured like a glass of Scotch. Learn about the 5 major styles of dessert wine, from delicately fizzy Moscato d’Asti to rich brooding vintage Port.

 

Dessert Wine Basics Sweet wine is produced with extra sweet wine grapes. In order to make them sweet, the fermentation is stopped before the yeast turns all the natural grape sugar into alcohol. There are several ways to stop the fermentation, including super-cooling or adding brandy to wine. Both methods create an environment where yeast won’t survive. While there are hundreds of different types of dessert wines available in the market, most fall into 5 main styles. This guide outlines the 5 styles and includes examples of each.
 

Types of Dessert Wine Guide

 
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Most dessert wines can be categorized into 5 styles: Sparkling, Light & Sweet, Rich & Sweet, Sweet Red and Fortified.

Throughout this guide you’ll notice that some wine grapes are used for dessert wines more than others. There are two reasons for this: one is historic – the grapes have been used for sweet wines for centuries – The other is physiological – the grapes have inherent sweetness in their natural aromas making them perfect for sweet winemaking.

 

An example of these types of wine grapes is Muscat Blanc. This wine grape is around 1500 years older than the more en vogue Cabernet Sauvignon.

 


 

Sparkling Dessert Wine

 

Sweet Sparkling Wine Types
The sensation of bubbles and high acidity in most sparkling wine makes them taste less sweet than they actually are. When you taste more of the different varieties, you’ll notice certain grape varieties smell sweeter (and thus taste sweeter) than others. For instance, if you try a Demi-Sec traditional Champagne (which is usually a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) it will taste less sweet than a Demi-Sec Sparkling Moscato even though both may have the same amount of sugar.

 

Brut Champagne Sweetness Levels
Find out about Champagne sweetness

 

When looking for sweet dessert wine Champagnes and other bubbly wines, keep your eyes peeled for these words on the label:

 

  • Demi-Sec* (‘off-dry’ in French)
  • Amabile (‘slightly sweet’ in Italian)
  • Semi Secco* (‘off-dry’ in Italian)
  • Doux (‘sweet’ in French)
  • Dulce (‘sweet’ in Italian)
  • Moelleux (‘sweet’ for some French wines)
    *not to be confused with ‘Sec’, ‘Sekt’ or ‘Secco’ which is the term for ‘Dry’ in French, German and Italian, respectively

 


 

Lightly Sweet Dessert Wine

 

Lightly sweet still white wines
Lightly sweet wines are refreshingly sweet; perfect for a hot day. Many of these sweet wines pair well with spicy foods like Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine. Light sweet wines are meant to be enjoyed at their freshest although some examples, such as Riesling, age well.

 

Expect these wines to be exploding with fruit flavors and well suited for fruit-based and vanilla-driven desserts. For instance, consider Gewürztraminer: this wine is known for its lychee and rose petals aromas. A Gewürztraminer might pair well with a pear and kiwi tart.

 

  • Gewürztraminer
    A highly floral wine with moderate alcohol that’s commonly found in Alsace, Alto-Adige (Italy), California and New Zealand.
  • Riesling
    Available in both dry styles (common in Australia, Alsace and the US) as well as sweeter styles more commonly available from Germany. A wine with high natural acidity which helps cut the sweet taste.
  • Müller-Thurgau
    A less common variety also from Germany and found in parts of Oregon that has floral aromas with slightly lighter acidity. Classic porch wine and well-loved with sausages.
  • Chenin Blanc
    Chenin Blanc is commonly made in a sweeter style in the US and it’s also produced in large amounts in South Africa and the Loire Valley of France. Pay attention to labels when buying Chenin Blanc because many South African and French producers create dry versions that taste more similar to Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Viognier
    (specifically Condrieu from the Rhône Valley)

 

 

 


 

Richly Sweet Dessert Wine

 

Richly Sweet non-fortified dessert wines
Richly sweet wines are made with the highest quality grapes in an unfortified style. Many of these wines can age 50+ years because sweetness and acidity preserve their fresh flavor. Some of these wines are historically important including Hungarian Tokaji (‘toe-kye’) which was loved by the Tzars of Russia; South African Constantia which was an obsession of the Dutch and English; and French Sauternes which was loved by Americans in the early 1800′s.

 

There are several ways to produce richly sweet dessert wines and you can understand them better by how they’re made.

 

Late Harvest

Late harvest means exactly what it’s called. As grapes hang on the vine longer in the season they become even sweeter and more raisinated, resulting in a wine that has a higher residual sugar (or alcohol, depending on how long you let it ferment). In Alsace this style is called “Vendage Tardive” and in Germany it is called “Spätlese”. There are many late harvest wines in the US which are sold as dessert wines and typically have around 15-17% ABV.

Noble Rot

Noble rot is a type of spore called Botrytis cinerea that rots fruits and vegetables. While it sounds and looks disgusting it adds a unique and highly sought-after flavor of ginger and honey in wine. There are many wines made from ‘noble rot’ grapes including:

  • Sauternes, Barsac, Cadillac and Monbazillac
    are French Appellations in and around Bordeaux that use Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle to make a golden-hued sweet wine.
  • Tokaji
    is a wine from Hungary made with botrytis Furmint grapes that are rated in different levels of sugar, from 3-6 Puttonyos (6 is the sweetest and most expensive).
  • Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling
    In the German Pradikat system (a sweetness labeling system), Auslese is the first level with a higher proportion of botrytis-affected grapes. Besides being sweeter than the lower level ‘QbA’ and ‘Kabinett’ German Rieslings, they also tend to have higher alcohol.

Straw Mat

Grapes are laid out on straw mats to raisinate before being pressed into wine.

  • Italian Vin Santo
    is made with Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes and has rich nutty date-like flavors. There are several styles of Vin Santo made throughout Italy.
  • Italian Passito
    Another straw wine made with several different kinds of grapes, both white and red. For instance, Passito di Pantelleria is Muscat-based and Caluso Passito is made with the rare grape Erbaluce from Piedmont.
  • Greek Straw Wines
    Greece also produces Vinsanto which is made with high-acid white Assyrtiko grapes; Samos is a sweet wine made from Muscat grapes; and Commandaria is a sweet wine from Cyprus that dates back to 800 B.C.E.
  • German Strohwein/Austrian Schilfwein are increasingly rare sweet wines made from Muscat and Zweigelt grapes in Austria and Germany.
  • French Vin de Paille Most notably from the Jura region of France, which is adjacent to the alps, these Vin de Paille are produced using Chardonnay and ancient Savagnin grapes.

Ice Wine (Eiswein)

True ice wine is extremely rare and expensive for two reasons: 1) it only occurs in bizarre years when a vineyard freezes and 2) ice wine must be harvested and pressed while the grapes are still frozen (usually in the middle of the night). Ice wines are commonly produced in cold regions like Canada, Germany and Switzerland where the aforementioned prerequisites can be met. Most ice wines are made with Riesling or Vidal grapes although anything, even Cabernet Franc, can be used to produce an ice wine. You’ll find them to be honeyed and richly sweet, similar to a ‘noble rot’ wine.

 


 

Sweet Red Wine

 

Sweet Red Wine Types of dessert wines
Sweet reds are on decline except for cheap commercial production. However, there are still a few well-made historically interesting sweet reds worth trying. The majority of these awesome sweet red wines are from Italy using esoteric grapes.

 

  • Lambrusco
    A region producing a refreshing bubbly wine in both dry and sweet styles. Since it’s a sparkling wine, it will have a yeasty undertone along with raspberry and blueberry flavors. Sweet versions are labeled as “Amabile” and “Dulce”.
  • Brachetto d’Acqui
    A still and bubbly red or rosé wine made with Brachetto grapes from the Piedmont region. Famous for its floral and strawberry aromas as well as its affinity to pairing with cured meats.
  • Schiava
    A rare variety from Alto-Adige that is nearly wiped off the map. Smelling sweetly of raspberry and cotton candy while being refreshing and only a touch sweet.
  • Freisa
    Once one of the great red varieties of Piedmont, Freisa is related to Nebbiolo with lighter tannins and floral cherry notes.
  • Recioto della Valpolicella
    Made in the same painstaking process as Amarone wine, Recioto della Valpolicella is lush, bold and rich.
  • Late Harvest Red Wines
    There are many red dessert wines in the US made with grapes such as Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Malbec and Petite Sirah. These wines explode with sweetness and heightened alcohol content.

 


 

Fortified Wine

 

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Fortified wines are made when grape brandy is added to a wine and can either be dry or sweet. Most fortified wines are higher in alcohol content (about 17-20% ABV) and have a longer shelf life after they are opened.

 

Port

Port wine is made in the Northern part of Portugal along the Douro river. The wines are made with dozens of Portuguese traditional grapes including some of the most famous: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. The grapes are collected and fermented together in open tanks where the grapes are stomped daily as the wine begins to ferment. At a point in the fermentation, the wine is strained and blended with a neutral grape spirit (with nearly 70% ABV) that stops fermentation and creates the fortified wine. After this process, there are a series of winemaking steps that lead into the different styles listed below.

Full Article on Types of Port Wine
  • Ruby & Crusted Port (sweet)
    This is an introductory style of Port wine that tastes of freshly minted port and is much less sweet than Tawny Port.
  • Vintage & LBV Port (sweet)
    LBV and Vintage Port are made in the same style but LBV are designed to be enjoyed in their youth (due to the style of cork enclosure) and vintage Ports are meant to be aged about 20-50 years before drinking.
  • Tawny Port (very sweet)
    The process of aging a Tawny Port happens at the winery in large wooden casks and smaller wooden barrels. The longer the Tawny Port ages, the more nutty and figgy it becomes. A 30-40 year Tawny is the best.
  • Port-Style Wines a.k.a. Vin Doux Naturel (sweet)
    Port can only be made in Portugal although many producers all over the world make port-style wines such as Zinfandel ‘Port’ or a Pinot Noir ‘Port’. We refer to these wines as vin doux naturel(see below).

Sherry

Sherry comes from Andalusia, Spain. The wines are made using Palomino, Pedro Ximinez (a grape, not a person) and Moscatel grapes. Wines are produced using varying amounts of the three grapes and are purposefully oxidized so that they develop nutty aromatics.

  • Fino (dry)
    The lightest and most dry of all the Sherries with tart and nutty flavors.
  • Manzanilla (dry)
    A specific style of Fino Sherry from a more specialized region that’s even lighter than Fino.
  • Palo Cortado (dry)
    A slightly richer style of sherry that is aged longer producing darker color and richer flavor. These wines are typically dry but will have fruit and nut aromas with salinity.
  • Amontillado (mostly dry)
    An aged sherry that takes on nutty flavors of peanuts and butter.
  • Oloroso (dry)
    A very aged and dark sherry that has higher alcohol content due to the evaporation of water as the wine ages. This is more like the scotch of Sherry.
  • Cream (sweet)
    A sweet style of Sherry made by blending Oloroso with Pedro Ximinez Sherry.
  • Moscatel (sweet)
    A sweet sherry with fig and date flavors.
  • Pedro Ximinez (PX) (very sweet)
    A very sweet sherry with brown sugar and figlike flavors.

Madeira

Madeira is a wine produced using up to 4 different grapes on the island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira is very unlike other wines because, in order to produce it, the wines undergo a heating and oxidation process – techniques that would traditionally ‘ruin’ a wine. The result is a rich fortified wine with walnut-like flavors, salinity and an oiliness on the palate. Because of the 4 different grapes used, Madeira range from dry to sweet making them work well alongside a meal or even as a pre-dinner drink.

  • Rainwater & Madeira
    When the label just says “Madeira” or “Rainwater” assume that it’s a blend of all 4 grapes and somewhere in the middle in terms of sweetness.
  • Sercial (dry)
    Sercial is the driest and the lightest of all the grapes in Madeira. These wines will have higher acidity and be dry with notes of peaches and apricot. It’s not too uncommon to see Sercial Madeira aged for 100 years.
  • Verdelho (dry)
    Verdelho has citrus notes and will develop nutty flavors of almond and walnut with time.
  • Bual (sweet)
    Bual leans on the sweet side with notes of burnt caramel, brown sugar, fig, rootbeer and black walnut. It’s common to find 10 year old ‘medium’ (meaning: medium sweet) Bual Madeira although there are several well aged 50-70 year old Bual as well.
  • Malmsey (sweet)
    Malmsey Madeiras have orange citrus notes and caramel to their taste along with the oily oxidized nutty flavor.

Vin Doux Naturel (VDN)

Vin Doux Naturel are made in a similar style to Port where a base wine is created and finished with neutral grape brandy. The term vin doux naturel comes from France, but this classification could be used to describe a wine from anywhere.

  • Grenache-based VDN Typically from the south of France, such as Maury, Rasteau and Banyuls from Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Muscat-based VDN Muscat de Rivesaltes, Muscat de Frotignan, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Ruthernglen Muscat (Australia), Orange Muscat and Vin Santo Liquoroso (Italy).
  • Malvasia-based VDN mostly from Italy and Sicily such as Malvasia delle Lipari Liquoroso
  • Mavrodaphni From Greece, Mavrodaphni is a sweet red wine with many similarities to Port.

 

Alcohol Content in Wine and Other Drinks (Infographic)


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Where does wine stand in the spectrum of alcoholic drinks? While most people assume that beer is lighter alcohol than wine, this isn’t always the case. Let’s dispel some common misconceptions about beer vs. wine and other alcoholic drinks and see the wide variation of alcohol levels in beverages.
 

Alcohol Content in Wine (Infographic)

 

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Alcohol Content in different kinds of Beer, Wine and Liquor

 

 

BEER
WINE
  • 5-6.5% Moscato d’Asti
  • 7-8% German Riesling
  • 10.5-12% Most American, Austrian and Australian Riesling
  • 11.5-12.5% Lambrusco (sparkling red/rosé)
  • 12-13% Most Pinot Grigio
  • 12.5-13% Most Beaujolais
  • 12.5-13% Most Sauvignon Blanc
  • 13%-14% Most Pinot Noir and Red Bordeaux
  • 13.5% – 15% Malbec
  • 13-14.5%% Most Chardonnay
  • 13.5-14.5% Most Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and French Syrah
  • 14 – 15% Most Shiraz and American Syrah
  • 14.5% Sauternes (sweet white dessert wine)
  • 14- 15.5% Most Zinfandel
  • 14 – 15% Most Grenache
  • 15% Muscat (sweet dessert wine)
  • 15.9% Rombauer and Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel
  • 16% Mollydooker Shiraz
  • 17-21% Port, Madeira, Sherry, Other Fortified Dessert Wines
20% VERMOUTH
 
17-20% SAKE
 
21-35% SHOCHU
 
30-39% FRUIT & HERB LIQUEUR
 
35-46% LIQUOR
  • 35-40% Gin
  • 35-46% Vodka
  • 40-46% Whisky, Scotch, Rum, Tequila
55-60% CASK STRENGTH WHISKY/SCOTCH

 

Calories in Wine vs Beer Infographic

Which is Better for me? Beer or wine?

See how the numbers match up when it comes to calories, carbohydrates and antioxidants.
Beer vs. Wine (infographic)

 

The Indispensable Chenin Blanc Wine Guide



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What is Chenin Blanc? A light-bodied white wine similar to both Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. What makes Chenin Blanc wine unique is its ability to taste amazing either as a sweet or dry wine.

Chenin Blanc is growing in popularity and this is because more wineries in South Africa (the world’s largest producer of Chenin Blanc) are making it dry. Traditionally, the first Chenin Blanc wines from France were off-dry (aka sweet). Today however, there’s so much variety in Chenin Blanc that it’s time to learn what you’ve been missing out on.

Chenin Blanc is a versatile zesty white wine that pairs particularly well with Mediterranean food, sushi and even hearty meats like veal. Find out more about Chenin Blanc food pairings and its many styles.

A Wide Range of Tastes: Chenin Blanc

As a white wine, Chenin Blanc has a wide range of flavors. Part of the reason for this has a lot to do with the winemaking style. Winemakers in the original growing region for Chenin Blanc in France stop the fermentation before all the sugar is used up. This technique has some benefits: it reduces the resulting alcohol level, makes the wine sweet and increases the wines’ ability to be aged. The Quarts de Chaume AOC in the Loire is famous for some of the sweetest and longest lived Chenin Blancs in the world.

Chenin Blanc Wine Taste Chart

But I like dry wine. Okay, I won’t lie, I do too. Fortunately, if you dig Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, then Chenin Blanc is also available dry. If you’re buying French Chenin Blanc, look for the words Sec on the label. If you buy a South African Chenin Blanc, you’ll find the more affordable versions are produced in a zesty dry style, whereas the higher quality versions are slightly oaked (and a tiny bit sweet).

Bubbly Fact! Chenin Blanc is a primary grape in the awesomely cheap bubbly, Cremant de Limoux, from the Languedoc in the South of France.


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Chenin Blanc Wine Characteristics

FRUIT FLAVORS (berries, fruit, citrus)
Apple, Baked Apple, Bruised Apple, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Mango, Nectarine, Apricot, Tangerine, Mandarin Orange, Lemon, Honeydew Melon
OTHER AROMAS (herb, spice, flower, mineral, earth, other)
Honey, Honey Comb, Ginger, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Saffron, Apple Blossom, Orange Blossom, Coleslaw (oxidative style), Sake, Cheese Rind (oxidative style), Hay, Baby Diaper
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OAK FLAVORS (flavors added with oak aging)
Buttered Popcorn, Butterscotch, Lemon Curd, Nutmeg, Baked Apple, Graham Cracker, Meringue, Sweet Almond
ACIDITY
Medium High – High
SERVING TEMPERATURE
Unoaked: ‘Ice Cold’ 45 ºF (8 ºC)
Oaked: ‘Fridge Cold’ 52 ºF (11 ºC)
SIMILAR VARIETIES
Hot Climate Chenin Blanc: Chardonnay, Alsacian Pinot Gris, Viognier, Torrontes
Cool Climate Chenin Blanc: Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Pinot Grigio
SYNONYMS
Steen (old name in South Africa)
BLENDING
In South Africa, Chenin Blanc is sometimes blended with Semillon, Viognier and Marsanne to make a richer-styled wine similar to an oaked Chardonnay but tasting a touch sweeter. Also in South Africa, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are blended to create a fresh and zesty dry wine. In The Languedoc, Chenin Blanc is blended with Chardonnay and the local grape, Mauzac, to make a refreshing sparkling wine.

Chenin Blanc Food Pairing

Think Sweet and Sour. Because of Chenin Blanc’s awesome acidity and inherently sweet flavor, you’ll find it pairs well with foods that have a sweet and sour element. Southeast Asian cuisine or pork chop with apples with a richer and sweeter style Chenin Blanc will blow your mind.

Hello Turkey Dinner! There are several white wines out there with enough gusto to moisten even the driest turkey. Try a high quality South African Chenin Blanc with your Thanksgiving dinner. It will even handle cranberry sauce like it was born to do so.

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Meat Pairings

Veal, Trout, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Chop, Guinea Foul, Halibut, Smoked Salmon, Terrine, Pâte

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Spices and Herbs

Cinnamon, Dill, Tarragon, Turmeric, Ginger, Fenugreek, Clove, Marjoram, Allspice, Red Pepper Flakes, Cilantro, Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Macadamia Nut, Peanut, Brazil Nut, Sesame Seed

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Cheese Pairings

Soft to semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses such as triple-cream brie, gruyere, cream cheese, yoghurt and cheddar. Also try herb-crusted goat cheeses.

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Vegetables & Vegetarian Fare

Squash, Jicama, Guava, Shallot, Chives, Savoy Cabbage, Yam, Carrot, Cauliflower, Oyster Mushroom, Corn, Red Bell Pepper, Apple, Quince, Pear

Chenin Blanc Wine Regions

About 94,500 acres of Chenin Blanc planted worldwide.

South Africa 46,500 acres
Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Swartland in the (Western Cape)
France 24,200 acres
Loire valley (Vouvray, Savennières, Anjou, etc), Languedoc
Argentina 14,800 acres
USA ~8,000 acres
California, Washington State
Australia ~1,000 acres

Sources
Find out more about South African Chenin Blanc at wosa.za
Find out more about French Chenin Blanc at Loirevalleywines.com

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party (Ideas)


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What’s the best format for a wine tasting party?

 

When you’re hosting your own tasting party there are a couple of things you’ll do differently than a professional trade tasting (sipping vs. spitting) but the basic format is the same. Most wine tastings feature four to eight different wines that have a common theme that ties them together.

 

In this guide, we’ll lay out a proven tasting format and a few wine tasting party ideas that are not only useful, but a lot of fun to try.
 

Wine Tasting Party Ideas

 

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A formal wine tasting with proper place settings in Rioja, Spain. Notice: even pro tastings will use 2 glasses per guest.
 

What You’ll Need

 

While there are a myriad of different techniques to decorate the table, if you have well-curated wines it doesn’t matter how the table looks. If you select wines based on a specific theme, people will pay closer attention to what they’re drinking. It also helps if you have wine tasting placemats to write on.

 

Regional
This pairing focuses on wines from a specific area. Try 4 top wines of Napa Valley or Piedmont
Variety
An in-depth way to understand a variety. Buy different price brackets of one type of wine grape (e.g. Grenache or Grüner Veltliner)
New World vs. Old World
One of the classic old world vs. new world tastings is Napa Valley Merlot vs. Right Bank Bordeaux.
Big and Bold Wines
Compare and contrast the biggest boldest wines from around the world.
Elegant Wines
Compare and contrast the lightest red wines on earth. Find out what we mean by ‘elegant’
Multi-Vintage
The best way to do this is to ask for library vintages from your favorite winery.
Price Comparative
Crowdsource guests to spend less than $20 on a bottle of wine and blind taste them to determine everyone’s favorite.
Blind Tasting Party
Wrap bottles in aluminum foil if you don’t have enough wine bags. Find out what wines to select for a blind tasting.

 

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Hosting a whole dinner party?

 

Perhaps you need some ideas for that too. Not to worry, we happen to have 13 wine-themed dinner party ideas

 


 

How should the wines be ordered?

 

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Serve lighter alcohol wines before higher alcohol wines and Old World wines before New World wines.

 

While there are no rules for wine order (i.e. you can do whatever you want) there is a general understanding that, as we taste, our palates change. In other words, some wines blow out your palate and others are so nuanced that you won’t be able to taste them if they’re served later on.

 

Wine Serving Order:

 

  1. Sparkling wines (Champagne, Cava, -chill)
  2. Light white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño)
  3. Bold white wines (Chardonnay, oaked white wines)
  4. Rosé wines
  5. Light red wines (Pinot Noir, Gamay)
  6. Bold and high alcohol red wines (Cabernet, Shiraz -decant)
  7. Sweet wines (Sweet Riesling, Port, Dessert Wine)

 
Need more examples of wine styles? See the Basic Wine Guide
Types of Wines and Wine Glasses

 

How much wine do I need for a wine tasting party?

 

½ bottle per guest.

 

A little over a half a bottle of wine per guest is ideal. For instance, if you have an 8 person party, plan on having about 5 bottles of wine (each guest will receive a half-glass of each bottle). It won’t be too much to make people drunk, but enough to have a great party. In some of the best professional tastings, the first bottle is usually an ice breaker aperitif such as Champagne or Prosecco. People just seem to lighten up instantly with a glass of bubbles.

 


 

wine that is ruined by heat or high temperatures is called maderized

Wine Serving Temperature

The temperature you serve a wine will greatly affect how much it’s liked. Check out an infographic on wine serving temperatures for different kinds of wine.

Wine Serving Temperature Survival Guide

 

 

 

Politically Incorrect Food Pyramid for Wine Drinkers


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Let’s be honest here: when you’re out for a serious night of wine drinking what should you eat? Take a look as we tackle this question with a complete disregard to health (although Dr. Miller says the French Paradox Diet is legit!). The Wine Drinker’s Food Pyramid came to be whilst drinking with a group of winemakers and sommeliers in South Africa after a spirited Pinotage tasting. Naturally, it’s very scientific, because experts were involved.

 

Food Pyramid for Wine Drinkers

 

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A proper night of drinking includes 5 sections

 

Liquids

 

Aperitif
In the form of a sparkling wine or a mixed cocktail. Examples include: a gin and tonic, sparkling wine or beer.
White wine
Are you with mixed company ( you know, the ones you wouldn’t drunkenly skinny dip with)? Then pick something that won’t make anyone angry. Sadly, this leaves you only 2 varieties: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. However, if you’re with serious wine drinkers, you’ll be surprised how many of them will drool over a slightly sweet Riesling or Chenin Blanc.
Red wine
The better your friendship, the older the bottle.
Dessert wine
Substitute your desire for something sweet with a glass of dessert wine. What we’re drinking right now: Vin Santo, PX, late harvest Riesling, Pinot Noir and Port.
Amaro
When you’ve become too hairy (or hoary) for late night coffee and need to settle the nightmare of drinks you’ve just put into your body, it’s time for an Amaro.

 

Tips on drinking well

 

  1. Forget ordering by the glass, make sure you’re with enough pals to get a bottle.
  2. Water is essential, drink a full glass with every serving.
  3. If you are sensitive to alcohol (something I’ve always had a problem with) portion control is your friend

 

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