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A Dry Wine or a Sweet Wine?

March 6, 2008

How do you tell if you have a sweet wine or a dry wine by looking at the label? - June in Grand Junction, CO

Actually, except for dessert wines, almost all table wines are “dry” which simply means un-sweet. Some dry wines can have a more fruity taste than others and this may be considered as a slight sweetness. The list of either a dry wine or a sweet wine can be found below.

Note that there are many exceptions to what is listed so be advised that this isn’t an exact rule of thumb. However, this offers a broad summary of popular wine grapes and types and will give you a general idea of what’s in the bottle.

Sweet - Dessert wines, Port, Sauternes, Cream Sherry. Lightly Sweet - German whites, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, White Zinfandel. Dry Whites - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and many Italian whites. Dry Reds - Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Beaujolais.

As a former virgin myself, my best advice to you June is to get out there and try as many different things as possible because you never know what you might end up liking. Cheers!!

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