Looking to pop a little bubbly? Franciacorta and Lambrusco are both sparkling wines from Italy and Cava is from Spain. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, is a still wine that doesn't belong in your Champagne flute.
If you're on a mission to get a little tipsy but don't want to reach for the hard alcohol, a glass of Zinfandel is a good place to start. This very high-alcohol wine can be up to 16% ABV. Riesling, Prosecco and Champagne are all medium-alcohol wines, meaning that they usually have 11.5%-14% ABV.
You can find Chardonnay in many styles: It can be buttery and full of tropical fruits or zesty and crisp, but it is usually dry. That means that all sugar is converted into alcohol during fermentation. On the other hand, Riesling, Moscato and Port are all great dessert wines. And don't forget: Every meal should end with something sweet.
You've probably heard people describe some weird AF flavors when describing wine. And it's true: Wet leaves, mushrooms, and leather are tasting notes that can actually be desirable. But if your wine smells like rotten eggs (ew), it probably has a sulfur problem and you should really open another bottle.
Meryl Streep almost does it all, but she does not own a vineyard or wine label. Dave Matthews owns Blenheim Vineyards in Virginia; Jolie and Pitt share Château Miraval in Correns, France; and Drew Barrymore has her own wine label at Carmel Road in California.
Dry and bitter
Tannin is a polyphenol that's found in the seeds, skin and stems of grapes, but some grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo contain more tannins than others. If you've ever had a wine that dries your mouth out, tastes slightly bitter, and makes you reach for a glass of water, it's high in tannins.
Fun fact: The top five wine producing countries in the world are France, Italy, Spain, the United States and Argentina, and together, they produce over half the world's wine. Australia is number six. Remember those magnums of Yellow Tail you crushed in college? You can thank the Aussies for that.
Rioja is the name of a wine region in Northern Spain, and just to be confusing it's also the name of the wine that is produced there. Chianti, Barbaresco and Montepulciano are all Italian wines that pair perfectly with pizza or pasta.
Out to dinner and not sure what to order? Get the Pinot. It's often called the ultimate food wine because it complements anything from pork and duck to vegetables and salmon. It's acidic and fruity, but it isn't overpowering, so you can serve it with just about whatever's on the table. Cool, huh?
While the biggest wine producing states like Oregon, Washington, California, and New York contribute to the vast majority of U.S. wine, there is at least one winery in every single state, including Alaska and Hawaii!