It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of wine bottles on shop shelves or restaurant menus. There are dozens of grape varietals and even more types of wines manufactured from them worldwide. However, knowing more about the different varieties of wine, their tastes, and how they are manufactured will help you select the perfect wine for the occasion. In addition, when you order a wine fridge, you should keep each type of wine in mind and how to properly store each kind of wine.

Popular Types of Wine

You can place a few common types of wine in the main category of red, white, and rosés/sparkling/fortified wines.

Red Wine

Red wines are distinguished by dark berry flavours and tannins, making them an excellent meal pairing. Additionally, many red wines benefit from oak ageing.

White Wine

White wines are tarter and more refreshing than red wines, with floral, citrus, and orchard fruit aromas. In addition, white wines have a lighter body and alcohol content than red wines.

Rosé/Sparkling/Fortified Wines

Rosé, sparkling, and fortified wines are options with wine styles frequently combined with a specific occasion: rosé wine in the summer, sparkling wine for special events, and fortified wine after a heavy dinner.

How To Store Different Wines

You must ensure that the right wine storage conditions are in place to ensure that your wine ages well and does not rot due to sediment buildup. As a result, wine should not be stored close to strong or pungent odours that might affect the wine or the cork. It’s also necessary to have constant ventilation. Wine may also flourish in vibration-free environments because vibrations can be caused by moving the wine around or shattering anything nearby. Finally, the wine will keep the cork wet, preventing it from drying out and allowing oxygen to enter, resulting in sediment formation.

Additionally, you should store your wine in a dark space with sufficient ventilation. Moreover, the humidity level in your wine cellar should be between 50{da4df74f1392f4c11ce74cdebd6076f0158cf4aaf94dcd76490df6128afd2014} and 70{da4df74f1392f4c11ce74cdebd6076f0158cf4aaf94dcd76490df6128afd2014} since anything higher can encourage mould growth which may damage the labels and corks of your wine bottles. Finally, the ideal atmosphere for long-term preservation is established, preserving your wine’s flavour and aromas.

Best Temperatures For Wine

For the wine to age correctly, you must keep it at a certain ideal temperature. Therefore, full-bodied red wines should be served at a temperature of 17°C to 19°C. However, if you prefer light-to-medium-bodied wines, keep the temperature between 12°C and 16°C. Furthermore, keep them between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius if you want a dry white. Finally, you should keep roses and sparkling or fortified wine between 5°C and 8°C.

Wine Characteristics

Wine generally has four characteristics used to describe it. These include acidity,  sweetness, body, and tannins. Firstly, white wines have many acids, making them pleasant and crisp. However, wines with lower acidity have a fatter flavour. Next, sweetness in wine is the polar opposite of dryness. Finally, wine might also be off-dry or medium-dry.

Furthermore, the body of the wine describes the wine’s apparent heaviness and smoothness. When you swirl a full-bodied wine, it seems thick and coats the edges of the glass. A light-bodied wine has the consistency of water. In the middle is a medium-bodied wine. Finally, red wines are all about tannins. In addition, wines with a high tannin content are astringent, bitter, and inky. On the other hand, lower tannin wines are smoother, softer, and palatable, depending on your preferences.