What is a wine’s "style"?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What is a wine’s "style"?

—James, Granada Hills, Calif.

Dear James,

The broadest category of wine “styles” are the major categories of red, white, sparkling, rosé, fortified and dessert (or sweet). Sometimes it’s further broken down into full-bodied, tannic reds or light-bodied crisp whites, or that sort of thing. I love it when restaurant wine lists are broken down by these categories as opposed to grape or region.

You might also hear a wine described as "stylish," which might indicate that it's elegant, or sophisticated. It’s a positive way to describe a wine.

—Dr. Vinny

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