Red and White Wine Sweetness Chart
Red wine, white wine, Riesling or Merlot… the wine or wines that you try will undoubtedly have a huge range of acidity, sweetness, dryness, and taste to it. The main categories of wine, aside from red, white, or sparkling, have taste categories that fall anywhere between a dry wine and a sweet wine. There can be anything and everything in between.
A wine sweetness chart will show that there is a vast difference between red and white wine. For instance, red wine will categorically be sweet or dry depending on the marker of the wine, the grape the wine is made from, and where the location is the grapes are grown.
A great indicator of how sweet a wine is can be seen in a residual sugar amount that is either located on the bottle of wine or indicated by a winemaker. When the fermentation process of making wine is stopped, the residual sugar stays, making the wine sweeter. High acidity, added sugar (which is frowned upon) or the absence or presence of tannins will also either sweeten the wine or cause it to be more on the dry side.
Red wine sweetness scale
Red wine is notorious for being a dry wine, but red wine can actually be quite sweet.
- Very Dry (0/000) – A very dry red wine is not surprisingly, very dry and not sweet at all. These wines including a Chianti or Bordeaux will pair perfectly at a wine and cheese party, with meats, or any savory dish that will bring out the flavor of the dry red.
- Off-Dry (1-2) – Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc – These wines are dry but have more body to them. Although they haven’t reached sweetness yet, they have lots of fragrance of deep velvet and hints of berries.
- Medium (3-4) – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and more fall into this easy to drink category. The medium body wine is much more attractive to wine drinkers who like to have a little bit of balance in their lives.
- Sweet (5-6) – A Port or Sweet Red Wine are two full-bodied wines on the sweeter spectrum of reds carrying hints of apricot, peach, and berries.
- Very Sweet (7+) Ice wine
White wine sweetness scale
- Very Dry (0/000) – Champagne, specifically a Brut will be one of the driest sparkling wines.
- Off-Dry (1-2) – Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc are fan favorites for off-dry white wines. Buttery, smooth, and savory, these wines are delicious for any occasion and pair well with just about any brunch, lunch, or dinner dish you can dream up.
- Medium (3-4) – Moscato is a notorious wine that is a perfect balance of dry and sweet.
- Sweet (5-6) – Sweet Prosecco is intense with fruity notes and a little bit of honey to put your taste buds into happy overdrive. Another notable mention that falls between red and white for sweet wines is a Sweet Rose. A fan favorite for just about any occasion, Rose is the floral, sweet, savory wine that keeps everyone coming back for more.
- Very Sweet (7+) Ice wine.
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