Wines are the classiest, most sophisticated, and most commonly served alcoholic beverage in the world. Whether you are at home or in a fine dining restaurant, wines are a perfect choice for all your moods and foods. While only red, white, and sparkling kinds are famous in the world of these liquid delicacies, there are many other kinds available defined by multiple attributes. Learning about their types will help you boast your knowledge in cocktail parties and improve your wine collection further.

Let us take our senses to the wine country and learn about the different types of wines!

#1- Red Wines: These are made from fermenting dark-skinned grapes in wooden oak barrels. Their color and taste result from tannins present in grape skins. The color of red wine can range from dark violet to brick red and brown. A darker tint means higher tannins and bolder taste. Red wines pair perfectly with bold-flavored meats like pork, ham, turkey, and lamb. Some popular red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Merlot.

#2- White Wines: They are made from green grapes, but the skin is entirely removed before fermentation; hence tannins are absent in white wines. They are stored in stainless-steel barrels to preserve their aroma since their primary attributes are aroma and acidity. They are produced in both full-bodied and light-bodied types. White wines pair well with white meats, salads, and cheese. Some most common white wines are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.

#3- Sparkling Wines: They are fermented from various grapes according to the region and vary in color from red to white and pink. Sparkling wines range in their sugar content from dry (brut) to sweet (Deux). They can be enjoyed with caviar, white meat, seafood, salads, and cheese. Common sparkling wines are Champagne and Prosecco.

#4- Rosé Wines: Rosé wines are somewhere in between the reds and the whites. They are prepared by the short maceration technique and Saignee method. In the short maceration technique, wine is allowed to mix with the skins of red grapes for a few hours until it turns pink. The Saignee method, used in the Sonoma and Napa regions of California, requires collecting and transferring the must from the reds into another vat. It has a range of flavors from strawberry to raspberry and melons, along with a hint of citrus. You can enjoy the wine with white meats, charcuterie, and soft cheese. Some common rosé wines are Provence Rosé, France Rosé, and Whispering Angel Rosé.

#5- Dessert Wines: As the name suggests, dessert wines are sweet tasting and have a lower alcoholic percentage. They are made from various grape varieties, but the fermentation process is halted before sugar is completely converted into alcohol. They are golden brown or copper with a velvety texture. You can pair Dessert wines with cakes, cookies, and fruit pies. Commonly enjoyed dessert wines are Sherry and Maderia.

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