Wine Varietals | www.drinks.ng

When wine shopping, it’s easy to get bamboozled by all the terms and fancy words that the experts throw around. So you decide to do a quick google search and only end up tangling yourself in web a of confusion. Honestly, navigating the wine world and learning all the phrases- what they mean, when they are used, what wines they are used for can get very exhausting. Take it from someone who has been there. To put you out of your misery, here is a list of wine varietals and what they mean. The descriptions given have been broken down to their simplest forms. We hope this helps!

Varietal simply means a wine made from a single grape variety and the varietal gives you information about what’s in the bottle.


Cabernet Sauvignon – This varietal is a full, rich red wine that goes well with heavier foods such as red meats, game and tomato-based sauces.
Pinot Noir is usually softer than Cabernet sauvignon, but with similar characteristics.
Merlot is one of the lighter reds, and it’s very popular.
Zinfandel is a strong red that’s a Californian specialty.
Syrah is one of the biggest reds, and the best are French and Australian.
Chardonnay is an elegant white with a nice buttery taste, and pairs well with chicken and creamy pasta sauces.
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white, great for sipping on hot days and pairing with fish.
Riesling is a sweeter white — the Germans make the best but the Californians are also good.

You should note that not all wines are made from a single grape varietal and it is possible to find blends.

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