Are you new to the world of wine? Unsure what wines are considered to be “dry?” Read on!
Quite simply, dry wines have the greatest alcohol content; their juice ferments until almost all of the grape’s sugar is utilized. Thus, dry wines contain little residual sugar and are not “sweet.” What common wines are considered dry? Here’s a little list for the eager wine student:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Pinot Noir (the wine that “goes well with everything”)
- Red Zinfandel (it’s the White Zinfandel that's the sweet stuff!)
Keep in mind that some of these wines may taste “fruity,” but do not confuse a wine's fruitiness with its "sweetness." Fruit flavors often naturally balance a wine's absence of sugar. Also, don’t confuse a wine’s tannins with how dry it is. Tannins can give sweet wines a “drier mouth feel,” but their abundance does not make a wine dry. Remember: it’s all about the sugar! Curious about how these wines taste? Why not buy a bottle of each and host a few mini tastings, yourself? You can easily save any leftover wine with the WineKeeper 4-Bottle Showcase preservation system. Cheers!