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Mark Noneman, the Wine TutorMark Noneman is co-owner of Taste of Wine in Tualatin, Oregon. A retail wine shop and wine bar where over 130 wines are available by the taste, glass and bottle.

  1. #1 by AYMAN - May 27th, 2009 at 12:16


    i work in an off license, which gets very busy, we stock a wide variety of wines and im not sure which are dry/medium etc etc..

    is there some sort of online list or chart that shows me popular wines and what category they are in, or grape type etc. would make it easier for me when someone asks for a paricular type as they dont always say on the back

  2. #2 by winetutor - June 6th, 2009 at 18:19

    Ayman –
    Unfortunately, the relative dryness (or sweetness) of wine is quite specific to a particular label. Riesling, for example, can be anywhere from completely dry to some of the sweetest wines available!
    However, you can make some generalizations based on the varietal and/or origin of the wine. Using the Riesling example, the Rieslings from Alsace are normally very dry while Rieslings from Germany tend to be sweeter (with good acid balance).
    Most red and white wines available today are dry. It’s easier to list the wines that can be sweet so here’s a list of some major types of wines that tend to be sweeter:
    – Riesling
    – Gewurztraminer
    – Muscat / Muscadel
    – Ice wines
    – Sauternes
    – Ports
    – any wine labeled “late harvest”


  3. #3 by AYMAN - June 6th, 2009 at 22:28

    thanks for your response,

    very interesting to know that it can be particular to the brand.

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