Dry Wine Vs. Sweet Wine

Are you having trouble deciding between a sweet wine or a dry wine, or telling the difference between the two? Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro can help you find the perfect wine, depending on your preferences. Sweetness is determined by the percentage of natural sugars in the grapes that remain after fermentation. When a wine contains less than 10 grams of residual sugar, it is considered a dry wine, while a sweet wine contains greater than 35 grams of residual sugar. Anything in between 11 and 34 is considered “off-dry”.

Just because a wine is fruity and may taste sweet, it could still technically be a dry wine. Zinfandels and merlots may often taste sweet, despite not having any other fruits in them other than grapes, but because the fruit flavors come through, they can result in a sweet taste. So even though they may taste sweet, they can actually sometimes technically be considered dry.

The sweetness and dryness of wines fall under a scale depending on how much sugar content. Because some fall in between and it can be hard to tell the difference, the people at our Farmingdale wine bar can help you find the perfect wine for the right occasion.

On some bottles of wine, such as Riesling, you can look on the back of the bottle to find out where it falls on the sweetness scale before buying or tasting it. Riesling is a wine that can come in both dry and sweet varieties, so be sure to check the bottle beforehand. If you do not know much about wine and need help, we can help you and provide all types of information on all kinds of wines. At Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro in Farmingdale, New York, we have wines of all varieties, red and white, dry and sweet, and everything in between. If you are unsure of what to drink, we will be there to help you find the right wine for you.

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