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    I am a teetotaller myself and know virtually nothing about wine. I heard some one describe wine as dry. I know dry cannot be dry in its literal meaning. Would anyone please shed any light on it and enrich my knowledge on wine?

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    Default Re: how can wine be dry

    Dry wines contain no residual sugar because all of the sugar has been converted into alcohol through fermentation.

    Sweet wines or dry wines: wine tasting dry, red wine by StarChefs wine expert


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    Default Re: how can wine be dry

    Thanks for the enlightenment. Now that I know wine can be sweet and dry (no residual sugar), if I were to pick a dry wine for a party, how can I tell from the label whether it is dry or sweet? Also, does this dry and sweet distinction equally apply to red wine and white wine?

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    Default Re: how can wine be dry

    Some wines (such as those from Germany) have their own terminology printed on the label that indicates whether its dry or sweet. This article gives a more basic breakdown of "is Chardonnay drier than Merlot?" And, if you're like me and your head starts to spin just trying to comprehend all these wine facts, just remember that white wines go best with lightly seasoned foods such as poultry and fish. Red wines are more appropriate for more heavily-flavored foods like red meat and pasta.

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    Default Re: how can wine be dry

    Quote Originally Posted by yuanmingqing View Post
    Thanks for the enlightenment. Now that I know wine can be sweet and dry (no residual sugar), if I were to pick a dry wine for a party, how can I tell from the label whether it is dry or sweet? Also, does this dry and sweet distinction equally apply to red wine and white wine?
    Yes, it can. There are great differences between wines, and some reds are light and dry, others are heavy and rich in flavour.

    It is a very complex subject and people spend years studying wines.

    Usually supermarkets will put on their shelf labels what kind of wine it is, and also many wine-makers will tell you on the bottle label.
    For a party, an Australian Merlot [the type of grape] would be pleasant to drink.

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