The 9 Primary Styles of Wine
Ordinarily, wines are understood in two ways; either by variety (Merlot or Rose for example) or by region (like Bordeaux). While this approach is very accurate, it is also quite time consuming. By classifying wines types by their style, you will learn about the thousands of different wine varieties and their regions and you’ll have a great idea of the wine style that you love.
Essentially, all wine varieties fall within the following 9 wine style categories, which incorporate all white, red, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines.
Since this post is focused on getting to grips with the basics, so you can venture from there, there are a wide variety of flavours that may not get justice/mentioned here, but let’s work with what you need to know first.
The 9 Primary Styles of wine are:
Full Red Wine / Medium Red Wine / Light Red Wine / Rosé Wine / Rich White Wine / Zesty White Wines / Sweet White Wines / Dessert Wines /Sparkling Wines
Full Bodied Red Wine
Full bodied red wines boast dark fruit flavors, like blackcurrant, have more tannin’s and are higher in alcohol. The significant amount of pigment in these wines, means they have higher levels of anthocyanin (a component which has been linked to positive benefits in cardiovascular health). Full bodied red wines have a bold flavour profile, therefore pairing well with bold foods.
Typically, full bodied red wine will be served in large bowled wine glasses. Examples of full bodied red wines include:
Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon / Monastrell / Malbec / Montepulciano / Aglianico / Dolcetta / Petite Sirah / Nebbiolo / Tempranillo / Nero d’Avola /Sagrantino / Tannat.