Wine 101 Styles Help Make Sense of Wines
We think that when you’re learning to find and drink wine, it’s easiest to think about wine in regard to one of these eight Wine 101 styles.
There are four styles for red, and four styles for white wines. Based on a particular wine’s most distinguishing characteristics, we classify it according to the wine styles listed below (follow the links to learn more about each one):
Red Wine Styles
White Wine Styles
We believe that these wine style categories are sufficient to describe most wines you’ll run across while you’re learning to drink wine. Wine is certainly more nuanced than eight styles, but they are a great starting points for keeping track of wines in your head.
It’s worth pointing out that these styles say nothing about quality — wines that fall within each style can be awful or great.
People generally seem to like most wines that fall in their favorite style(s). So if you figure out which wine style you like the most, you can easily find other wines of the same style to taste by using our wine reviews section.