Four Most Popular Wines

Based in San Diego, Terry Chucas is an attorney who represents parents and children in dependency court appeals. In his free time, Terry Chucas enjoys reading, traveling, and drinking wine.

There are many types of wines, which can be intimidating to the unacquainted. Here is a primer on four of the most popular wines.

1. Pinot Grigio – Dry and easy to drink, this is often light and fruity wine with a 10 to 12.5% ABV. Italian, Austrian, and German versions are usually produced in stainless-steel tanks and pair well with fish, chicken, and shellfish.

2. Chardonnay – Made from the most planted grape in the world, chardonnay wine can be produced in two different ways. Chardonnays are aged in oak tend to taste more buttery while chardonnays produced in stainless steel are crisper and cleaner. For the oaky chardonnays, look to Northern Burgundy, California, and South America.

3. Pinot Noir – Fruitier and softer than other red wines, Pinot Noir is a crowd favorite. The flavors can range from spicy horseradish to a more earthy mushroom.

4. Cabernet Sauvignon – Found in nearly every wine-growing region in the world, especially Napa and Bordeaux, this is the most popular red wine and pairs well with red meat. For a lighter taste, try a Meritage, which blends two or more Bordeaux grapes.

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