Wine style 101

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Before you visit us, it might be helpful for you to understand what’s your style, and no, I’m not talking about your clothes or the car you drive, but what’s your wine style? Do you think you have one, or are you a little bit of a mix of a few? Our dedicated team members will be there with you to help you understand and discover what your style is. While you’re waiting to come see us again, learn more about the nine styles of wine. Read them all and at the bottom, there’s a special surprise for you. Don’t worry, it’s not a quiz.

Sparkling Wine: Known for its effervescent quality, sparkling wine is distinguished by its significant levels of carbon dioxide, making it fizzy. Common examples include Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava. These wines range from sweet to dry and are often associated with celebrations.

Light-Bodied White Wine: These wines are typically refreshing, with a lighter, more delicate flavor profile compared to fuller-bodied whites. They are known for their crisp acidity and are often served chilled. Examples include Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

Full-Bodied White Wine: Rich and creamy, these wines have a more robust and complex flavor profile. They often undergo aging in oak barrels, which contributes to their fuller body and richer texture. Chardonnay is a classic example of a full-bodied white wine.

Aromatic (Sweet) White Wine: Characterized by their sweet flavors and strong, pleasing aromas, these wines include varieties like Riesling, Moscato, and Gewürztraminer. They can vary from slightly to very sweet and are known for their pronounced floral and fruity notes.

Rosé Wine: Made from red grapes but with minimal contact with the grape skins, rosés have a pink hue and combine some qualities of both red and white wines. They can range from dry to sweet and are especially popular in warmer months. Examples include Provence rosé and White Zinfandel.

Light-Bodied Red Wine: These red wines are known for their lighter color and tannin content, with a focus on the fruitier aspects of the wine. They are often more refreshing than their full-bodied counterparts. Pinot Noir and Gamay are notable examples.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Offering a balance between the light-bodied and full-bodied reds, these wines are more versatile with a wider range of flavors. They can include varieties like Merlot and Sangiovese, offering a harmony of fruit, acidity, and tannins.

Full-Bodied Red Wine: Known for their rich, intense flavors, full-bodied reds are high in tannins and often aged in oak. These wines are robust and complex, with examples including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec.

Dessert Wine: These wines are typically very sweet and often consumed with or as dessert. They can be fortified, like Port and Sherry, or naturally sweet, such as Sauternes. Dessert wines are known for their rich, intense flavors and higher sugar content.

So here’s a surprise thanks for reading everything we had to say. Enjoy 10% off if you come in before 02.29.24 on any wine tasting by showing this blog to the staff member. We also wanted to tell you a little bit about wine in Lake County. Here are a few local wines that we house; one of them seems interesting to you? Well, we can’t wait to see you there!

Here at Feather Glass, we house local wines such as Lavender Crest Majestic: The brand-new Itasca grape is used in this semi-dry white wine. It ends with a light sweetness and has melon, pear, and citrus notes—where love and accuracy combine to create the delicious Lavender Crest wine.

Local wines come from several Illinois locations, such as Colona, Rockport, Shawnee Hills. Shawnee Hills is also an AVA (American Viticultural Area) Region in IL. Some of these wineries estate grow and produce their wines, such as Lavendar Crest from Colona IL. Their Catch of the Day wine is a beautiful white wine made with Chardonel Grapes.
Our Beers come from a local brewery in Buffalo Grove. They provide us with 4 different varieties of beers and a sour, just for Feather Glass. One of the Beer is Indian Inspired, brewed with Basmati rice and coriander notes.

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