This Brilliant Guide Will Make You the Ultimate Wine Connoisseur

To become a true connoisseur, it is not enough to choose the right wine for a meal. As with any true skill, it all comes down to the details: how it is in the glass, its temperature, and how it is served and presented on the table.

We create the ultimate guide on how to drink wine to help you acquire all the habits of an expert.

An Expert’s Guide To Wine

Sparkling Wine

  • Light, gentle taste, ranges from dry to sweet
  • Various scents
  • 9-14% Alcohol
  • Almost transparent
  • Champagne, Lambrusco, Asti, Cava, Sekt
  • Ideally suited to salty food: caviar, anchovies, sushi, fish, poultry, French fries

Dry White Wine

  • Light, nutty, with a sour aftertaste
  • Fruity herbal smell
  • 9-14% Alcohol
  • From light straw color to gold-green
  • Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Tokay, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Aligote
  • Ideally combines with vegetables, salads, fish, chicken

Full-bodied White Wine

  • A full, creamy, rich taste with notes of vanilla or coconut
  • Fruity, citrus, vanilla smell with notes of oak
  • 9-14% Alcohol
  • Golden in color
  • Chardonnay, Semillon, Viognier
  • Ideally combines with soft cheese, spicy fish, chicken, turkey, pork, vegetables, mushrooms, nuts

Aromatic White Wine

  • The harmonious, sweet, tart taste
  • A bright floral or fruity smell
  • 9-14% Alcohol
  • Yellowish in color
  • Chenin Blanc, Muscat Blanc
  • Torrontes, Riesling
  • Ideally combines with creamy tastes, pork, bacon, chicken, soft cheese, fried vegetables


  • Light, juicy but more often dry taste
  • Fruity, sharp, floral, or piquant aroma
  • 9-14% Alcohol
  • Ranges from salmon pink to rich red in color
  • Pinot Noir Rose, Merlot Rose, Zinfandel, Tempranillo
  • Ideally combines with Indian, Moroccan, Mediterranean dishes

Light-bodied Red Wine

  • Light with a strong acidic taste
  • Delicate fruity aroma
  • 10-15% Alcohol
  • Pale ruby color
  • Gamay, Pinot Noir
  • Ideally combines with simple dishes: pasta, cheese, bread, pizza, chicken, duck, turkey, pork

Medium-bodied Red Wine

  • A rich taste of moderate strength
  • Fruity aroma varying by degrees
  • 12-17% Alcohol
  • Ruby colored
  • Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot
  • Ideally combines with all fried dishes of Italian and Spanish origin

Full-bodied Red Wine

  • Rich, strong taste, moderately sweet
  • Strong, fruity, berrylike aroma
  • 12-17% Alcohol
  • Ranges from violet to purple in color
  • Aglianico, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbeck, Nebbiolo, Shiraz
  • Combines ideally with meat dishes

Dessert Wine

  • Sweet, thick, rich taste
  • Fruity, piquant aroma with notes of honey and berries
  • 17-20% Alcohol
  • A tawny color
  • Madeira, Marsala, Port, Cherry Wine
  • Ideally combines with: sweet food, soft cheese, fruit

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