WINE STYLES


WINE STYLE A Broad Term Used to Classify a Specific Wine, a Specific Category of Wine, or the Specific Procedure Taken to Produce a Finished Wine.

  • Grape Color Wine Color, Red/ White, Should be the First Style Classification.
  • Grape Varietal Grape Varietal Should be the Second “Style Classification” to Consider When Assessing Style.
  • Range In Style- Wine Regions and Winemaking Can Lead to Different Styles of Grape and Wine. A Syrah Grown and Produced In Australia Will Be and Should Be Big, Rich and Highly Extracted. A Syrah Grown and Produced In the Santa Rita Hills AVA On the Central Coast Should Be Lighter and Elegant.  On the Other Hand No Matter Where a Pinot Noir is Grown and Produced Should Be Light and Elegant.
  • GRAPES THAT GENERALLY CAN RANGE IN STYLE
    • Chardonnay           Garnacha
    • Syrah                     Zinfandel
  • GRAPES THAT GENERALLY SHOULDN’T RANGE IN  STYLE
    • Cabernet Sauvignon                 Malbec
    • Pinot Noir                               Sauvignon Blanc

Ease Into Wine Styles- Don’t Drink or Introduce New Wine Drinkers to Extreme Version of Wine Styles. Having Someone Try a Pet-Nat Before Even Experience a Lees Champagne May Scare Them Their Entire Wien Drinking Life.

  • WINE STYLES THAT GENERALLY SHOULD BE EASED INTO
    • Port                Natural Wines
    • Pet-Nats          Orange Wine
    • Sherry

Great Wines Have a Cultural or Historic Reason For Their Origen or Wine Style. There’s a Reason Why Champagne Has Bubbles and Why Port is Fortified.

TOP WINE STYLES     

  • CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference
    1. Still
    2. Sparkling
    3. Rose
    4. Passito
    5. Fortified
    6. Botrytized
    7. Aged

MOST UNDER APPRECIATED WINE STYLES     

  • CRITERIA History, Culture, Quality, Personal Preference
    1. Sherry
    2. Port
    3. Madera
    4. Charmat
    5. Distillation
    6. Rose

WINE PROCESS A Specific Event The Vintner Puts the Grape Vine/ Must/ Wine Through In Order to Achieve a Desired Outcome or Wine Style.

  • Genetic Driven Styles Wine Style Derived From a Genetic Predisposition.
  • Viticulture Driven Styles Wine Style Derived From a Grape Growing Process.
  • Viniculture Driven Styles Wine Style Derived From a Wine Making Process.
  • PHILOSOPHY? Is a Wine Style and a Wine Category the Same Thing?”
    • These Would Be the Easiest Way to Generally Classify Different Wines.

  • SUB-CHAPTERS OF WINE STYLES
    • Table Wine
    • Natural Wine
    • Botrytis Wine
    • Dehydrated Wine
    • Sweet Wine
    • Rose Wine
    • Orange Wine
    • Blending Wine
    • Sparkling Wine
    • Aromatized Wine
    • Oxidative Wine
    • Distilled Wine
    • Fortified Wine
    • Aging Wine
  • **Refer to Proceeding Sub-Chapters For Information On These


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