“Weight” of Wines

Going through long-lost wine class notes, there was a great chart of the “Weight” of wine.  They go from light to full bodied.  Good to have on hand when deciding what buy, serve or just open.  Cheers to the weekend!

Whites
Soave, Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc
Riesling
Muscadet
Sparkling Wines (including Champagne)
Chenin Blanc
Cremant (sparkling) or some aged, vintage Champagne
Chablis (from France), unoaked Chardonnays
Sauvignon Blanc
White Bordeaux
White Burgundy
Gewurztraminer
Oaked Chardonnay

 

Reds
Valpolicella, Bardolino
Beaujolais
Dolcetto
Barbera (old style, emphasizing fruit)
Rioja (and other wines made from tempranillo)
New World Pinot Noir (California, Australia)
Burgundy
Barbera
Chianti
Zinfandel, Rhone
California Merlot
Chianti Classico
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Bordeaux
Petit Sirah
Syrah, Shiraz
Barbaresco, Amarone della Valpolicella
Barolo
Brunello di Montalino