Basic Types of Red and White Wine

Posted on December 19, 2013
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For some, knowing that there are two major types of wine–red and white–is sufficient. Does it get people drunk? Check. Does it taste like rotten grapes? Check. Wine. Done.

However, there are many varietals of both red and white wine and inquiring minds would like to know more. Unfortunately, wine often comes with the stigma of holier-than-thou nectar restricted to connoisseurs, sommeliers and those with bulging wallets.

Luckily, there is no shortage of wine around the world, and wine-seekers have many opportunities to find wine that is accessible, affordable and appealing. Below is a fun and info-filled illustration explaining the major types of red and white wine and what their differences are.

basic types of red and white wine

( Illustration by the talented Roman Martinez for FSW.)




Maggie Moulatsiotis Maggie Moulatsiotis (68 Posts)

Maggie is the Content Development Manager at, a pescetarian and a newly minted DIY and home cook extraordinaire. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and very cute puppy, Puka.

3 Replies to "Basic Types of Red and White Wine"

    January 1, 2014 (4:11 pm)

    AWESOME!!! Thanks Maggie.

  • theodosia
    July 20, 2014 (11:43 am)

    Doing my son baby shower serving wine need help asap menu is chicken pasta Spanish / spicy dishes what wines u suggest to serve how many bottles for about 60 % may drink wine help me

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Wine | Pink & Black
    September 29, 2014 (5:04 pm)

    […] like its cabernet partner, is as crisp as chardonnay, but it goes down smoother because of the higher fruit taste. It’s perfect for drinking with your parents because it tastes good without as much alcohol […]

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