It is impossible to list all the wine types that are produced all over the world because they are simply as many as the hundreds of grapes and styles used in making them. They are generally categorized as either red wine or white wine.
Wine Types – A description of a few of the most popular types
These are color wines that are made from red grape varieties. Their colors are as a result of allowing the grape skins to come into contact with the grape juice during the wine making process and they usually vary from light red to dark red and even purple depending on the length of time the grape skins were allowed to mix with the juice before being removed. The most popular ones include:
Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep rich red wine that is high in tannins and alcohol content. Originally from Bordeaux, France, this wine has widely spread to Washington State, Chile and Australia, where outstanding varietals with a constantly recognizable flavor are produced. The grapes do well in most parts of the world.
With its roots in Burgundy, France, Pinot Noirs are excellent single-varietals that taste of cherries, strawberries and raspberries. The flavors however become more complex as they age. The grapes are very difficult to grow and apart from Burgundy, they are produced in Oregon, New Zealand and California. They only do well in cool places.
This smooth, easy and drinkable wine that IS low in tannins is very popular in the US and can be said to be a softer variety of Cabernet Sauvignon. It also has its origins from Bordeaux, France.
This rich deep purple wine that is commonly made in Argentina is originally from south western France. It is popular in many parts of the world.
These are wines that range from colorless to yellow-gold in color. They can be made from both red grapes and white grapes and they range from dry to sweet white wines. When red grapes are used to make white wine, the grape skins are carefully removed before the juice is extracted. The most popular white wines include the following:
One of the most popular wines around the world, Chardonnay is a first-rate wine that has its roots in Burgundy, France. Fresh chardonnay is lighter and zesty but if allowed to age in oak barrels, it usually develops a creamy texture and taste.
Also rooted in France, this is a zesty wine with herbal green fruit flavors with citrus tastes. Currently, New Zealand excels in producing varietals of Sauvignon Blanc.
This is an excellent crisp white wine that has tastes associated with green apples, lime and pears. The aromas tend change to that of honey with oily scents if the wine is oak-aged. Riesling does well in many parts of the world including Alsace, France, Germany, and parts of Australia, Washington State and Finger Lakes region, New York.
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