Wine Styles

Wine Styles for Pairing Wine at Pairings Wine and Food is organized by style rather than by country or region. This is fitting for pairing with food, as the wine style is a key factor in choosing a wine to go with a specific food. In addition, with this type of organization, all the wines made from the same grape are in the same place, instead of scattered in several country sections (e.g., United States, France, Italy, Australia, Chile, South Africa, etc. for Sauvignon Blanc). We have six wine styles, three white and three red, with each grape varietal located in one of the styles. The styles, with varietal examples are:

 

White

  • Crisp, Fresh and Dry (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio)
  • Rich and Full (Oaked Chardonnay, Roussanne)
  • Soft and Aromatic (Riesling, Gewurztraminer)

Red

  • Fresh, Juicy and Soft (Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto)
  • Smooth and Elegant (e.g., Pinot Noir and Sangiovese)
  • Bold, Intense and Sturdy (e.g., Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel)

Roses (almost all of them dry), Sparkling and Dessert wines are grouped separately.

Many wonderful grape varieties are undeservedly unknown, and we carry over 100 varieties. Check out our varietals list, organized into the six wine styles shown in the table.

Varietals Listing by Style
Crisp, Fresh and Dry Whites
AlbarinoGrilloTrebbiano
ArintoInsoliaUni Blanc
AsirtikoJacque'reVerdelho (Viura)
Chardonnay (unoaked)LacrymaVerdejo
ColombardMelon de Bourgogne (Muscadet)Verdicchio
Cortese (Gavi)OrvietoVermentino
FalanghinaPedro JiminezVernaccia
FianoPicpoulVidal Blanc
Garganega (Soave)Pinot Grigio/Pinot GrisVinho Verde
GrecoSauvignon Blanc
Soft and Aromatic Whites
ArneisGros MansengRibolla
Chenin BlancGruner VetlinerSauvignon Gris
GewurztraminerMoschfileraTorrontes
Grenache GrisMuscatViognier
GrechettoMuller-ThurgauViura/Macabeo
GodelloRiesling
Rich and Full Whites
AligoteFriulanoPinot Blanc
AuxerroisGrenache BlancRoussane
ChardonnayMarsannneSemillon
Clairette
Fresh, Juicy and Soft Reds
Bonarda (Charbono)GaglioppoPicpoul Noir
BrachettoGamayPiedirosso
Cabernet FrancKadarkaPineau d'Aunis
Charbono (Bonarda)LambruscoSchiava
DolcettoLemberger (Blaufrankisch)St. Laurent
DornfelderMarselanZweigelt
FrappatoMonica
Smooth and Elegant Reds
AgiorgitikoMalbecSangiovese
BarberaMerlotSpatburgunder
BobalPinot MeunierTempranillo
CorvinaPinot NoirValpolicella (Corvina, Rondinella)
CounoiseRefosco
GrenacheRondinella
Bold, Intense and Sturdy Reds
AglianicoMontepulcianoPinotage
Brunello (Clone of Sangiovese)Mourvedre, MonastrellSagrantino
Cabernet SauvignonNebbioloSchioppettino
CarignanNegro AmaroSyrah
CarmenereNero D'AvolaTannat
CinsaultPetit SyrahZinfandel
LagreinPetit Verdot
Mencia
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