Find your match - top 5 wines & their best characteristics

Are you in the mood for a bottle of wine, or are you planning to build a solid wine collection in your home? Whatever your reasons might be, one thing is for sure: it can be difficult to decide what type of wine to buy because there are so many different options available.

Let us help you make better choices. Here are the top types of wine and their best characteristics to help you find the right match for your tastes.

  1. Light-bodied red wine

Light-bodied red wines have a relatively low tannin content. This means that you will feel the sensation of smoothness on your tongue when you sip. They are often jammy in taste, making them excellent to pair with dishes containing a lot of tomato sauce or cheese. They’re also great with pasta and desserts. If you’re not a fan of red wine but want a taste of it, a glass of light-bodied red wine is a good option.

These wines are best served at cold temperatures as they will display a light ruby colour after being poured into a glass. Some examples of light-bodied red wines are Pinot Noir and Gamay.

  1. Medium-bodied red wine

Medium-bodied red wines have moderate tannin content. You will feel that the warm sensation of the wine is not as pronounced as that of light-bodied wines.

They are best enjoyed with a cheese course. You can also enjoy them with pasta and meat dishes. If you prefer medium-bodied red wines, you can choose Merlot, Montepulciano, and Cabernet Franc.

  1. Sparkling wine

Sparkling wine is ideal for an after-dinner drink. These wines are made in the same manner as their still wine counterparts; the difference is that they undergo a second fermentation.

The pressure of the CO2 bubbles will give rise to the bubbles in your glass. Sparkling wine is best served cold. Some examples of sparkling wine are Champagne, Cava and Prosecco.

  1. Light-bodied white wine

Light-bodied white wines taste similar to traditional white wine. The difference is that they have a lighter colour and lower alcohol content. They’re best suited for people who are not yet accustomed to drinking wine. They’re also great for someone more into beer than wine.

One great example is an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.

  1. Rosé wine

Rosé wine is a hybrid of red and white wines. This makes it an excellent option for someone who wants a little bit of both worlds.

Their colour usually comes from the skins of grapes. The skin gives the wine a pinkish-red hue. The best rosé wines have a light body and an outstanding balance between their fruity and tannic attributes. 

Find the wine for you with Plonk Wine

There are many types of wine to choose from, and it can be challenging to find the right one if you don’t know which one suits your palate. By considering the descriptions above, you should be able to decide which bottle you want to buy next.

Do you want to try a wine tasting at home? Get a variety of wines from Plonk Wine today and start building your collection. We offer online wine delivery and a wine subscription service in London, so you can try something new every time.


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