Generally speaking, there are five types of wine found in most bars and bottle shops, including:
Each of these wine types have their own sets of flavours, colours, aromas, and mouthfeel characteristics that make them appropriate for a number of different occasions or taste preferences. For a full guide on each individual style, explore the separate wine style guides found below.
For a demonstration of how important pigmentation in the skin is to the eventual colour, look at the pulp of red and white wine grapes.
You will notice that they will almost always be of the same or similar colour, helping to explain how the red pinot noir grape is often used in Champagne and other sparkling white wine blends without producing a reddish tint.
Beyond pigmentation, ageing in stainless steel tanks prevents any oxygen from interacting with the wine inside and imparts no flavour, preserving the wines natural colour and flavour.
The opposite is true when ageing wines in oak barrels, which adds various layers of colour and taste to the wine from both the oak itself and the small amount of oxygen it’s allowed to interact with. To learn more about how the colour of wine is influenced, and how it appears, visit this page.
Understanding and categorising all of the different tastes and flavours in wine can be confusing, especially as winemakers and sommeliers often like to use their own special language when describing it. Follow through to our handy guide on the flavour profiles of wine, which will explain how wines are easily and quickly distinguished.
Varying in its tastes, colours, and serving suggestions, white wine has a well deserved place as one of the most popular types of wine. Review our guide to white to find out not only what the prominent white wine varieties are but also how each one tastes and how to pick one suited to you.
Served prominently in times of celebration and fun, bottles of sparkling wine can be some of the most expensive and premium examples of wines available anywhere. Our guide to sparkling wine will share with you all that you need to know about this wine type, including its popular styles and tastes.
Easily some of the best wines to consume when the weather is hot and the sun is out, rosé wines vary in their flavour profiles and ideal consumption patterns. In our guide to rosé we help enlighten you as to the prominent styles that exist in this type of wine and explore common serving suggestions.
Varying immensely in its flavours and production methods, fortified and dessert wines are often overlooked and misunderstood. In our guide to fortified and dessert wines, we go into detail about many of the different styles in this category and how to effectively pick the right bottle for you.