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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is a wine’s "style"?
—James, Granada Hills, Calif.
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.