How well do you really know your wines?
Wine is really more than just a classy cocktail or a fizzy drink. It is a lifestyle statement, and like every statement it can be expressed in different ways. You probably have noticed that there are different types of wine based on style, colour, appearance and name. However, you are not sure how a rose is different from a white, are you?
Well, worry no more, because today, we are going to give you a proper introduction to the four major categories of wine.
- Red wine: This is by far the most popular (and arguably the most romantic) kind of wine. Although the general term for this class is red, some red wines can actually be violet, brown or light-red. This depends on the maturity of the wine and the type of grape used to produce it. Two well-known variants of red wine are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merlot is produced from a dark-blue grape that is native to the Bordeaux region of France. On the other hand, Cabernet Sauvignon is also from Bordeaux, but it has gained so much popularity as ‘King of red wine grapes’ that it is now cultivated all over the world.
- White Wine: White wine is made from green grapes and mostly comes out dry rather than sweet. White wine sub-categories include Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Chardonnay is often used in creating champagne. As for Riesling, this is a special grape grown in the Rhine area of Germany and certain parts of Austria. It is an excellent ingredient for producing strong dry whites. Some yellow grapes can also be used to produce white wine, and it is not unusual to see a combination of variety in one single white.
- Rose wine: Rose has a signature pink tint to it and is about half red wine, half white wine. Sometimes, rose can also be orange or almost purple. Several grapes can be used for creating rose wine, although they are mostly black grapes like Pinot Noir and Cabernet France. Rose wine can be either dry or sweet.
- Sparkling wine: Now we come to the bubbly special. Sparkling wine is actually more of a style than a type of wine, because it can be made from either red, white or rose wine. The name sparkling is derived from the bubbles that are created in the wine during the fermentation process. This effect is achieved by trapping the carbon dioxide that is produced during fermentation to produce bubbles in the wine.
Each type of wine holds its own appeal and will taste different. Whatever moment you want to celebrate, there is always a perfect wine to pair with it, so why not make it a Blue nun one?
If your taste is crisp and straight-to-the-point, we recommend one of our white flavours. If you prefer to enjoy sweet and fruity flavours, we have a range of reds and rose wines to cater for you. If you really want something extra-special to celebrate the moment like no other, try our bubbly sparkly 24k Gold blend to feel like real royalty.