This section explains how wine is classified. Every characteristic that can set wine apart, one from another, will be explained.
Wine is sold as both varietals and blends. See every style organized in a Periodic Table, and click to learn more about each one.
Grapes for winemaking are grown in countries all over the world. Learn about these countries and the vineyards in them.
The vintage of a wine refers to the year that the grapes were grown in a vineyard. This year is the number displayed on wine bottle labels. It is important, because it allows buyers to determine when it has peak flavor.
A varietal is wine made with essentially a single variety of grape. A grape variety is a specific grape cultivar. Cultivars are the rank below species in scientific taxonomy.
A blend is wine made with more than one variety of grape. Each variety is included to enhance any weakness a single variety may have. Some grape varieties are only used in blends and are never used as varietals. A grape variety is a specific grape cultivar. Cultivars are the rank below species in scientific taxonomy.
The characteristics of wine include its appearance (color, clarity), flavors (the balance between fruit, acids, and tannins),
aromas, body, and alcohol strength. Learn what these mean and how they're measured.
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