Red wine

Light-bodied and fruity

Most of these are fairly simple and straightforward wines, rarely oaked, best enjoyed while still young and fresh. Examples are Beaujolais and various pinots.

Dry
A 3 I D G P M C 2
Semi-dry
P R J K 3 V A
Sweet
N

Medium bodied and lively

A diverse category of wines, barrel-aged and not, from a wide variety of grapes such as lighter types of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. Usually ready to drink, but some can be allowed to age for a few years.

Dry
I D G P M 1 F E T A 2 3 L
Semi-dry
P R J K L A
Sweet
N

Full-bodied and rich

These are usually barrel-aged and rich in alcohol, with hints of berries and oak. Most can be stored for a few years. Examples: Fuller types of chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, and wines that have been stored in or treated with oak.

Dry
F E H L T J S
Semi-dry
P R J K L A
Sweet
N L

White wine

Light-bodied and bright

Usually simple and rarely oaked, these wines are best enjoyed while young and fresh. Examples are Torrontés and pinot grigio.

Dry
I P M C D B 2 4 3 A
Semi-dry
P R J K L V C 4 I A
Sweet
N L

Medium-bodied and lively

A diverse category of wines, barrel-aged and not, from a wide variety of grapes such as lighter types of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. Usually ready to drink, but some can be allowed to age for a few years.

Dry
I D G P M 1 L C B 4 2 A
Semi-dry
P R J K L V 4 1 A
Sweet
N L

Full-bodied and rich

These are usually barrel-aged and rich in alcohol, with hints of berries and oak. Most can be stored for a few years. Examples: Fuller types of chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, and wines that have been stored in or treated with oak.

Dry
T L C B D G 1
Semi-dry
R J K L
Sweet
N L

Sparkling wine

There are many different types of sparkling wine, most of them white and without any hint of oak. Sparkling wines are great for a number of different occasions.

Dry
P B I C T D A
Semi-dry
C D P K L A
Sweet
N P A

Rosé

These are rosé and blush wines, the latter usually semi-dry and light on alcohol with a hint of peach. Rosé comes in a number of different varieties, rarely oaked.

Dry
P I C D M 3 A
Semi-dry
P K V A
Sweet
N