A Crash Course in Wine: 30 Posts To Help You Understand Types, Words & Pairings

I'll admit it: I love wine, but I don't actually know that much about it, nor do I have a very discriminating palate. However, I'm hoping to change that and develop a wine vocabulary, however rudimentary. Thankfully, The Kitchn's resident wine expert, Mary Gorman, has written extensively on wine for the last few years, and her posts are an excellent resource for the wine lover looking to deepen his or her understanding of wine varieties, wine words, and pairings. Welcome to Wine 101. Class is now in session.

A Few Major Wine Varieties

Burgundy
Burgundy Wines: Demystified and Affordable
Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
Chilling & Grilling Wines: California Cabernet Sauvignon
Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Bubbles Galore! Champagne & Sparkling Wines for Any Holiday Celebration
Chianti
Exciting Times for Chianti Wines: Evolved But Still the Heart of Tuscan Wine
Dry White Bordeaux
Affordable Dry White Bordeaux
Malbec
Delicious and Affordable Malbec Wines from Argentina
Moscato
The Exceptional Rise of Moscato
Pinot Grigio
What's the Difference Between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?
Port
Chilled Tawny Port: Refreshing, Relaxing, Different
Riesling
Know Your German Riesling Wine Regions: Mosel, Rheingau, & Pfalz
Rose
Rose: A Wine for All Seasons
Sauvignon Blanc
Great Sauvignon Blanc Wines from Around the World
Sherry
Why Sherry Is So Extraordinary

Wine Words

Wine Words: Complexity
Wine Words: Texture
Wine Words: Aromas
Wine Words: Alcohol
Wine Words: Body
Wine Words: Tannin
Wine Words: Acidity
Wine Words: Minerality
Wine Words: Length and Finish
Wine Words: Sweetness
Wine Words: Style
Wine Words: Oak
Wine Words: Balance
Wine Words: Flavor

Wine Pairings

An Italian Wine Dinner Menu
Advice for Pairing Wine with Chocolate
Unlikely Companions? No! 8 Tips for Pairing Wine & Soup

Related: How to Taste Wine Like a Professional

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