Guide to Wine

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==Types of Wine==
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===*Pinot Noir*Zinfandel*Cabernet*Shiraz/Syrah*Merlot*Cabernet Sauvignon*Chianti ===White Wines=== *Chardonnay*Brut*Muscat*Pinot Grigio*Riesling*White Zinfandel*Gewürztraminer   ===Comparison Guide=== <center>{| cellspacing="7"! ||RED||WHITE|-|-|''Sweetest''||Pinot Noir||Riesling|-| ||Zinfandel||Chardonnay|-| ||Cabernet||Chenin Blanc|-| ||Syrah||Sauvignon Blac|-|''Driest''||Merlot||Brut|-|-! ||RED||WHITE|-|-|''Lightest''||Merlot||Brut|-| ||Zinfandel||Fume Blanc|-| ||Chianti||Pinot Grigio|-| ||Pinot Noir||Riesling|-|''Heaviest''||Cabernet||Chardonnay|-|}</center> ===Fortified Wines===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===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. ====Sources====1. 2.