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Red & White Wine Bottle Splits Different Types Of Wines & Grapes

Wine bottle shaped graph with half red & half white grape varietal types.

Wine Bottle Graph Splits The Grape In Half

A tale of two wines graphs reds and whites as two sides of the same bottle and then summarizes some of the major wine grape varietal’s characteristics, flavors and aromas. Both of the two color classifications are presented in descending order from mild / sweet to strong / dry. It is comparable to the visual primer of wine types, but with expanded descriptions and a straight scale format as opposed to the four quadrant chart which plots into a chevron shape with more wine varietal types included to reference.

Red Wine Varietals

Pinot Noir (pronounced PEE-NO NWAHR, anti-diuretic grape is PEE NO MORE):

Pinot Noir tends to be of a light to medium body. This wine type has an aroma like black or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant along with many other fine, small, red and black berried style fruits.

Merlot (pronounced MAIR-LOE):

There are essentially three main styles of Merlot:

  • Soft, fruity and smooth flavored.
  • Fruity with a more tannic acid structure.
  • Brawny and a highly astringent tannic taste.

Some Merlots can continue to develop character while still aging inside the bottle for decades.

Shiraz / Syrah (pronounced SHI-RAZZ / SEE-RAH):

No distinct aroma, although blackberry and pepper are often noticed in the bouquet. As Shiraz and Syrah wines age, savoury notes like leather and truffle can surface to become more prevalent.

Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced KA-BUR-NAY SO-VEE-NYON):

Bold, high tannin content, with oak influences and high alcohol levels. Cabernet Sauvignon mellows as it ages, allowing for more food pairings depending on the length of storage time allowed for aging.

White Wine Varietals

Pinot Grigio (pronounced PEE-NO GREE-JOE):

Pinot Grigio is the Italian white wine grape counterpart to the French variety of the species Vitis vinifera known as Pinot Gris (which literally means “grey pine”). The Pinot Grigio is light-bodied, light in color and can sometimes be crisp and acidic.

Riesling (pronounced REES-LING):

Flowery notes and high acidity are characteristic in this varietal. It is often used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually not used in blends and are also seldom oaked. See how champagne is made for similar process details.

Sauvignon Blanc (pronounced SO-VEE-NYON BLAHNK):

Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from grassy to tropical. Usually consumed young, Sauvignon Blanc is a type of wine that doesn’t really benefit very much from aging.

Chardonnay (pronounced SHAR-DON-NAY):

The grape variety itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors being derived from various influences like geographical soil, water and air elements and hints of oak. Chardonnay normally ranges from lean and crisp to tropical fruit flavors.

While this wine bottle shaped chart splits the differences between reds and whites along with a few of their grape varietals, see how to split actual wine bottles into assorted bar ware and tumbler style glasses. A few pretty clever ways to have a green home bar and help save stave the planet.

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