How to choose the right wine body for you

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No, I’m not talking about the shape of your body, but about the taste attribute that we call body.

As I wrote in the article about acidy, the body is another of the main factors on how to describe wine.

The best way how to describe full body and light body taste is to imagine the difference between full-fat milk and skimmed milk.
The full fat has lovely full, almost dense feel in your mouth. The skimmed milk, on the other hand, is very watery like taste feel.

You can have full-body white, but it would most certainly be something like Chardonnay or Gewürztraminer. On the other side of the spectrum would be something very light like Pinot Blanc. Here is a list of few wines ordered from full to the light body:

  • Chardonnay
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Vinho Verde

For me, full-bodied red wine is something that I like to take time to appreciate. On the other hand, when I’m in the restaurant, and I want something light and easy to drink I order something like Beaujolais (Gamay). You can see a list of few examples here:

  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah
  • Malbec
  • Tempranillo
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Gamay

I hope these examples will help you to find a better wine for you and remember the body is just one of the main factors on how to decide which one you might like.

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