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Sweet or Dry? Full- versus Light-bodied?
All right, you all know what sweet tastes like, right? Well dry, in wine-speak, is essentially the opposite of sweet. The less sweetness you detect in a wine, the drier you’d say it is. It’s all about sugar content. Be aware, however, that sometimes, dry wines can taste "fruity" – which the mind often interprets as tasting sweet even though the actual sugar content is quite low.
The fullness, or weight, of a wine can be a bit harder to pin down. Several factors contribute to it: acidity, the proportion of alcohol, the amount of tannin present. Basically, a full-bodied wine will seem to fill your mouth chock full of flavor. Red wines, on the whole, are heavier than white wines.
As a general rule, heavier wines go with spicier, richer foods; lighter wines are perfect with more subtle flavors. Also, if you’re going to be sampling several wines during the course of an evening, start with the lighter ones first, and make your way up to the more full-bodied ones later.keep wandering this way please