Red Wine Sweetness Chart
Discover what wines are sweet (and which ones you might like!) using this handy chart.
Is this wine sweet?
It’s one of the most common questions people have about different types of red wine.
It’s an understandable question, since sweetness is one of the biggest components to a beverage’s flavor. You don’t want to be surprised by drinking a sweet wine that you thought was dry (or vice versa!).
So, we’ve made a handy red wine sweetness chart that makes it easy to tell what kind of red wine is sweet. You’ll find that most well-known types of red wine are dry: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and more.
However, we have options available for everyone! If you're new to red wine and just want something a little sweet that you'll enjoy, jump down to Sweet Red Wine Recommendations. There we have sweet red wines for beginners that you can easily find in any grocery store.
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Red Wine Sweetness Chart
We've organized this wine chart from dry to sweet. You’ll notice that most of these red wines are dry, with a few sweet selections appearing at the bottom.
However, there are some variations in red wine flavor that might interest you!
Merlot and Pinot Noir are not sweet red wines, but they are lighter and fruitier than other wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese. Here is an overview of how different dry red wines taste, so you can pick the ones that most closely align with your preferences.
Bold, savory red wines will taste the least sweet of all. They have less fruit flavor and strong tannins, which have a bitter flavor.
Elegant, savory wines have less bitter tannin. However, they are still not very fruity and will tend more toward earthy, peppery, or vegetable flavors (not very sweet!).
Bold and fruity red wines may contain almost no sugar, but their aromas of cherries, raspberries, plums, and more may seem slightly more sweet than other dry red wines.
Finally, we have approachable and fruity red wines. Although they are still dry, they may taste the most approachable and fruity. You may have asked yourself, "Is Pinot Noir sweet?" The answer is, "no," but it is lighter and fruitier than many other dry red wines.
If you love fruity red wines, also try Grenache!
Click here to download the Red Wine Sweetness Chart!
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Sweet Red Wine Recommendations
Who couldn’t use a little sweetness in their life?
For those who are eyeing the bottom of the sweet wine chart above, we have some suggestions for you. Sweet red wine blends from various producers are going to be the easiest to find in most places.
Try one of these wines that are popular and easy to find:
Ménage à Trois Red Blend 2014
Ménage à Trois Silk Red Blend 2014
Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2014
If you’re looking for a sweet red wine that’s more sophisticated, you have some other options. If you love complex, thought-provoking wines (that may be a little more difficult to find), try one of these:
Monte delle Vigne Lambrusco 2016
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa Amabile NV
Dessert Wine Recommendations
The red wines above are perfect for enjoying on their own or with dinner. They are sweet, but they’re not so sweet that you’d enjoy them for dessert. That’s where dessert wines come in.
You wouldn’t want to drink a glass of dessert wine with dinner, because it would simply be too sweet and rich. However, you can definitely enjoy one after dinner with (or instead of) a sweet treat! Port is one of the most popular types of dessert wine, and it's easy to buy and then serve at home.
Try one of these delicious dessert wines if you’re in the mood for something truly sweet (as a bonus, most of these wines pair well with chocolate and other sweets).
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port
Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo del Chianti Classico
Rombauer Vineyards Vintage Port
Graham's Vintage Port
“No dessert, please. I’d like a glass of Port.”
Maybe you’ve heard this at a restaurant and been a little confused. What is Port wine? Why does someone think it’s a good substitute for dessert? Can it really compare with, say, a slice of flourless chocolate cake with a black cherry sauce? What is Port Wine?
What sweet red wines do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!