Guide to Wine

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Unlike beer, wine says class. And often 12-13% alcohol by volume. Here's some basic info for the next time you're looking for a drink to complement your meal, trying to impress someone, or simply browsing ye old Spirit Shoppe for something new.

Types of Wine[edit]

The type of wine depends on the type of grape. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, these are all different types of grape/vine varieties. Knowing that is the first step.

Red Wines[edit]

  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chianti

White Wines[edit]

  • Chardonnay
  • Brut
  • Muscat
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling
  • White Zinfandel
  • Gewürztraminer

Comparison Guide[edit]

Sweetest Pinot Noir Riesling
Zinfandel Chardonnay
Cabernet Chenin Blanc
Syrah Sauvignon Blac
Driest Merlot Brut
Lightest Merlot Brut
Zinfandel Fume Blanc
Chianti Pinot Grigio
Pinot Noir Riesling
Heaviest Cabernet Chardonnay

Fortified Wines[edit]

Fortified wines are wines with more alcohol added, originally in order to preserve the wine on long trips overseas. The result is a sweeter, more powerful drink, referred to in the US as a Dessert wine.

  • Sherry
  • Port
  • Marsala
  • Madeira
  • Vermouth
  • Muscat
  • MD 20/20
  • Cisco
  • Thunderbird
  • Night Train
  • Wild Irish Rose
  • Ripple
  • Boone's Farm
  • Buckfast Tonic Wine
  • After Dark
  • Cool Breeze
  • Red Rooster 21 / Red Lady 21
  • Johnny Bootlegger

General Tips[edit]

Red wines are generally served at a cool room temperature. Many white wines should be chilled before imbibement with a meal. Really old wine is probably ok to drink because of its alcohol content, it's a matter of taste. Drink what you like, not what people tell you you should.