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Basic Wine Varieties


Pinot Noir

A fragile, light-bodied wine that has a silky structure without the “chewiness” that comes from a bunch of tannins. (Tannins leave a dry, unclear feeling on your tongue, just like the sensation you acquire when you bite the skin off of a grape.).
Pairs well with: Virtually anything. This functional wine deals with steak, strong-flavored, meatier fish like tuna or salmon, grilled poultry, turkey, or vegetarian recipes.

Red wine

Medium-bodied, with a simple fruitiness that is often described as “jammy” as well as a taste that’s evocative plums or cherries.
Pairs well with: Pasta, sheep, and also red meat.


Cabernet Sauvignon

Large and also strong with a rich, silky texture and also a bunch of tannins, which permit it to age well in the bottle. Flavors include notes of coffee, chocolate, and also tobacco.
Pairs well with: Sturdy cheeses like Maytag Blue, as well as heavy, gamy foods such as steak, veal, and also sausage.



Commonly sweet and also constantly fruity, Rieslings are crisp as well as fresh with notes of apple, apricot, and also peaches.
Pairs well with: Spicy meals such as Mandarin or Indian.

Sauvignon or Fume Blanc

A light, a little acidic white with floral scents.
Pairs well with: Seafood or deep-fried foods, because it contrasts well with the oiliness, similar to lemon juice. It’s additionally among the few wines that function well with tangy tomatoes as well as salads which contain vinegar.


A rich and also creamy, potent white that commonly has notes of vanilla as well as is frequently referred to as buttery for the method it feels in the mouth.
Pairs well with: Roast chicken, fresh corn on the cob, clam.