Know your wines – Wine Varietal Chart

Use the Wine Varietal Chart to understand the significant varieties of wines. For each varietal grape, the chart shows its characteristics and the weight of the wine, from light to heavy bodied. You can dig deeper into the Wine Varietal Chart by clicking on the name of the wine to learn additional information about the grape. You can also find out where the varietal is growing in California wine country regions.

You might also be interested in the Wine Varietal Chart with our article on Matching Food and Wine. Choose a varietal and then choose a menu to match.

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White Wines

Aromas and Flavors

Body

Sparkling Wine Apple, pear, yeast Medium
Sauvignon Blanc (also Fume Blanc) Herbaceous, grassy, hay, citrus, grapefruity Light to Medium
Chardonnay Pear, apple, oak, buttery, creamy Medium to Heavy
Viognier Floral, peach, apricot, pear, fruity Medium
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Crisp, pear, peach, apricot Light
Pinot Blanc Pear, apple, floral Medium
Chenin Blanc Peaches, fruity Light
Gewurztraminer Lychee nut, spices, rose petals Medium
Riesling Apple, lemon, floral, apricot, fruity Light



Red Wines

Aromas and Flavors

Body

Pinot Noir Strawberry, berries, cherry Light-medium
Merlot Blackberry, plum, currant, chocolate, vanilla Medium
Zinfandel Berries, jammy, cherry, earthy Medium to heavy
Cabernet Sauvignon Blueberries, black current, cassis, raspberries, oaky Heavy
Syrah peppery, spice, blackberry, cinnamon Medium to heavy
Petite Sirah Blackberry, pepper, jammy Heavy
Sangiovese Cherry, fruity, spice Light to medium
Cabernet Franc Raspberry, cassis, herbaceous Medium
Barbera Berries, red fruit Medium
Malbec Cherry, strawberry, plum Medium