4 Wine Styles To Rule Them All
How do wine experts curate the most ideal wines for your taste? Believe it or not, there is a system to what defines the wine styles that most appeal to you. So what’s the secret to finding great wine?
The truth is, wine experts have a large repertoire of tasting experience and are capable of making connections across different varieties and regions in order to find something in a similar wine style. In order to build that repertoire, you’ll need to taste a lot of wines (sounds like a fun challenge, right?). There are, however, some basic techniques and understanding you can apply when reading wine descriptions that can help you find your wine styles.
4 Wine Styles
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A lil’ Justification: Breaking down all red wine into just 4 styles is a bit simplified because wine is such a complex and nuanced product. However, these styles help you explore different types of wine without having to blindly trust a sommelier. Anyway, a sommeliers’ job is to help you match your wine with food and to inspire you to try new wines.
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Elegant vs. Bold Wines
We like to use the word elegant because ‘light’ sounds wimpy. Basically an elegant wine tastes lighter, leaner and more tart than a bold wine. Bold wines are forceful and fill your mouth with their taste; they are richer, rounder and more creamy than an elegant wine. For example, we picked a couple of outstanding US producers who consistently make wines in their respective style:
Fruity vs. Savory Wines
People talk a lot about the fruit flavors in wine but there are also a lot of savory and herbal flavors. For instance, Syrah from the Northern Rhône is noted for its olive and bacon notes. Whether a wine has savory vs. fruity flavors has a lot to do with the grape variety and where it’s grown. Here are some standout examples of Fruity vs. Savory wines: