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Learn more about the major wine styles of the world.


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Bandol (Red)

Bandol is a tiny appellation within Provence, France that is most famous for its rich, peppery, and meaty red wines made almost exclusively with Mourvèdre.

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Banyuls

One of France’s most important sweet, fortified Vin Doux Naturel wines made primarily of Grenache and/or Grenache Blanc grapes with 6 official styles.

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Barolo

Piedmont’s most famous red wine is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes. Its translucent brick-red color, deceptively light body, and floral aromas contrast its dense tannin structure.

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Beaujolais

A French region just south of Bourgogne that’s devoted to Gamay-based wines. Most Beaujolais are simple, rustic reds, but the 10 Crus offer exceptional quality.

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Bordeaux Blend (Red)

A red blend that’s dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with several other grape varieties native to the Bordeaux region of France.

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Bordeaux Blend (White)

A white blend that’s dominated by Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, along with other grape varieties that are native to the Bordeaux region of France.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is of Italy’s top regional red wines, first labeled as such in 1865 by Biondi-Santi. Wines are made with a special clone of Sangiovese.

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Cap Classique

Cap Classique sparkling wines are produced using grapes from cooler climates with high acidity, like South Africa, America, and England.

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Cava

Cava is the premier sparkling of Spain. The wine uses a similar quality tier system to Champagne but champions several of Spain’s native grapes including Macabeu (Viura), Xarel-lo, and Parellada.

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Chablis

A wine region in northern Burgundy that is as close to Champagne as it is to Burgundy, producing a leaner style of Chardonnay generally with less oak use.

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Champagne

The most iconic sparkling wine in the world is a blend of grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The most treasured Champagne wines age for a minimum of 3 years.

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Chianti

The world-renowned Tuscan, Sangiovese-based wine was originally sold in straw-wrapped bottles called Fiascos. Chianti wines have many classifications by region and aging regime.

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Crémant

Cremant is sparkling wine made in eight separate regions in France, principally made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Franciacorta

A regional sparkling wine from northern Italy. Made in several styles, using the same method and grapes as Champagne, with the addition of Pinot Blanc.

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Ice Wine

A sweet, late harvest wine that can only be made when grapes naturally freeze in the vineyard at a minimum -8°C/17.6°F. Popular varieties include Riesling, Vidal, and Cabernet Franc.

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Lambrusco

A family of 8 closely related grape varieties native to Italy that are made into sparkling wines, ranging from delicately colored rosés to deeply colored reds.

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Madeira

Oxidized, fortified dessert wines from the Island of Madeira ranging in style from off-dry to sweet. Wines are incredibly stable and are known to age over 100 years.

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Marsala

Marsala is a fortified wine from Sicily commonly used in cooking to create rich, caramelized sauces but can also make fine sipping wines, ranging from dry to sweet.

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Maury

An appellation for the production of vin doux naturel (fortified wine) in the southern Roussillon of France. Wines must be made with a minimum 75% Grenache noir, among others.

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Moscatel de Setúbal

A rich and honeyed fortified dessert wine made primarily with Muscat of Alexandria grapes grown on the Setúbal peninsula in Southern Portugal.

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Orange Wine

The name is a bit of a misnomer because this wine isn’t made with oranges, but rather white grapes that have been fermented on their skins, much like red wine.

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Port

Portugal’s flagship; an aged, sweet fortified wine that comes in a wide range of styles, largely based on ageing techniques. Commonly seen styles include Ruby and Tawny.

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Port (White)

The most important fortified sweet wine of Portugal is made in a range of styles including white, rosé, red and tawny, each with a unique taste profile.

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Priorat

A Spanish regional wine blend known largely for its full, dusty red wines made primarily from Grenache and Carignan. The best age a minimum of five years before release and some include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for additional complexity.

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