Wine 101: Types of Wine

This is the fifth edition of my Wine 101 education pages. please enjoy and I hope you can give me some feedback over the next few weeks or so. (Info collect from sources including wikipedia)

Type of wine:

There are 3 main types of wines:

Sparkling wine

  • Champagne
  • Cava
  • Other Sparkling Wines

Still Wines:

  • White
  • Red
  • Rose

Fortified Wine:

  • Sherry
  • Port

All Wines should be consumed at different points in the meal. Meals should generally start with low sugar / low alcohol wines and work their way up to the higher sugar / higher alchol wines. A general guide is below:

Start of the meal


  • Dry Sherry
  • Champagne
  • Dry White

Table Wine

  • White
  • Rose
  • Red

Dessert Wine

  • Ice Wine
  • Port
  • Late harvest wine


  • Liquors
  • Grappa

End of the meal

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