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Wine Buying Cheat Sheet


January 23, 2012 Blog » Wine News & Entertainment » Wine Buying Cheat Sheet

Wine Buying Cheat Sheet

Walking into a wine store is overwhelming. My mind goes blank and I stare bewildered at a sea of wine bottle labels. Does this sound familiar? Then you need our convenient wine buying cheat sheet. It’s FREE and available in PDF. Print it out or keep it on your phone. Just sign up to the newsletter below and we’ll send it straight to your inbox.

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Wine Buying Cheat Sheet 2012 edition

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What’s Included

The Wine Buying Cheat Sheet includes details about 15 different styles of wine so you’ll have an arsenal of information with you the next time you buy wine.

8 Major Red Wine Types

Each varietal comes with a short description of how the wine typically tastes. There are also wine recommendations for great values, regions, notable wine labels and classic wine producers. The wines you’ll see on this Cheat Sheet are:

  • Cabernet
  • Syrah / Shiraz
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Red Blends
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel

5 Major White Wine Types

White wines vary from light & fruity to rich & creamy. While there are many places around the world that produce a wine like chardonnay, some regions are leaders in offering the best value for the money. The five major white wine varietals featured in this wine buying cheat sheet are:

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling

Sweet Wine

Sweet dessert wines range from very light in color, like a sweet German Riesling to very opaque like Port. Get to know them – lightest to darkest and which brands are worth buying.

Sparkling Wine

There are many regions besides Champagne that make wonderful sparkling wines and these wines are offered at great values. For instance, you can find a high quality Cava around $10, a terrific dry Prosecco for around $15 and a Sparkling Bourgogne (Burgundy) for just under $20. It’s great to find value when most introductory Champagnes retail around $40.


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By Madeline Puckette
I'm a certified wine geek with a passion for meeting people, travel, and delicious food. You often find me crawling around dank cellars or frolicking through vineyards.