are many more wines but I am just listing the mostcommon ones:
- a blend of 2 or more grapes (varietals) that is generally very
drinkable and soft. It is usually pretty easy to find an enjoyable meritage for
a reasonable price. Good weekday wine.
- easy to drink, typically softerflavorsthat
are fruity. This is the varietal to try when you decide to expand from whites
to reds. Wine snobs don’t like merlot because it usually lacks complexity.
Sauvignon - typically a heavier more full bodied,complex,intense winewithmoreacidity
(tannins). Wine snobs prefer cabs. Pretty hard to find a really good cab under
$20 and the premium ones can be expensive. Inexpensive cabs are far more likely
to be unimpressive or objectionable than any other varietal.
Noir - it isprettyhard
to find areallygood pinot. Good
ones have a bold nose, rich fruit anda flavorful complex finish.
Pinots from different growing zones (terroir) have noticeably different
flavors. Central California tends to be more fruity and Oregon and Washington
pinots tend to be more earthy & grassy.
- usually abold,zestyfruitflavor. Be ready to have a dark red mouth
after drinking a zin.
- typically hearty and spicy
Chardonnay– Lots of
variation here. Can range from acidic(tart)to buttery depending on how it ismade.
Easy to find very good chards under $20. Fun to pick out the bold fruit tastes
and smells that vary greatly.
Blanc - A light refreshing wine typically highlighted by citrus
flavors. Good warm weather wine to enjoy with fruit.
- typically very sweetand
the wine snobs won’t touch it.