Weights Of Wine

Below is a guideline of the various weights of wines. Winemakers and regional style as well as oak treatment can cause a wine to be lighter or heavier in body. For example, Pinot noir can vary from being very light to more medium bodied. 

Another example is the influence of regional climates. Warmer climate wine regions tend to produce wines with higher
alcohol levels and thus more fuller bodied wines so that aSauvignon blanc
from California may have
a heavier weight than a Sauvignon blanc from the Loire. 


Lighter Whites
Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, Champagne and Sparkling wines, Gruner Veltliner, Vinho Verde. 

Medium to Heavy Whites
Oaked Sauvignon Blanc, Alsatian Wines, Albarino, White Bordeaux (Semillon), White Burgundy, Rhone Whites (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne) and New World Chardonnay. 

Lighter Reds
Beaujolais, Dolcetto, some Pinot Noir. 

Medium Reds
Chianti, Barbera, Chinon, Rioja, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Zinfandel, some Pinot Noir. 

Heavier Reds
Syrah, Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Barbaresco and Barolo

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