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Grapes have been fermenting for this beloved libation for more than 12,000 years. From Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir to Sancerre, most wine drinkers have a preferred type, but how aware are drinkers of the categorized breakdown beyond the simple "red" versus "white"?
According to The New Food Lover's Companion, wine is categorized into four different types of groups:
- Still wines, which may be rosé, red or white and fall into dry, semisweet and sweet qualifications;
- Sparkling wines, which include Champagne, Prosecco and other bubbly international varieties;
- Fortified wines, like sherry or port, with increased alcohol content from brandy or other spirits;
- Aromatic wines, like vermouth, flavored with spices or herbs.