Although we would be pretty bummed if someone told us we were dry, it is a compliment in the world of wines. Dry wine is the wine with the lowest sugar levels, so she's the kind of girl wine drinkers bring home to meet the family.
What Makes a Wine Dry?
A dry wine is one that has no residual sugar content. Not to get too Bill Nye the Science Guy with this, but, when grape juice converts to wine in winemaking, alcohol is created during fermentation because yeast eats the juice's sugar. In many wines, the winemaker will stop the fermentation process before yeast devours all of the sugar, leaving a small amount of residual sugar and allowing the wine to be just a bit sweet. For a dry wine, you guessed it, the yeast eats all the sugar up, and therefore there is no sugar, and therefore, the wine is dry. And guess what? Dry wine usually has a higher alcohol content than the alcohol levels in sweeter wines, because it's been fermenting for longer. Takeaway: don't mess with yeast!
Because Bev has zero grams of sugar, we're like the driest of dry. So yes, that means we’re ready to come home and meet the family!
Here’s a little tip: don’t confuse the absence of sweetness or dryness with the absence of fruit. Dry wines still will taste fruity but won’t be as sweet as say, fruit juice.
Guide to Dry Wines
Here is a guide to dry wines, and more importantly, what you should eat with them.
Dry White Wines
It’s time to make your own girl gang! These are the crisp, dry white wines you should have in your posse: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albariño, Chardonnay, Muscadet, and Torrontés. No semi-sweet Rieslings here!
Dry wines are the long lost lovers of roasted veggies, fish, and seafood, because we're not looking for a dessert wine. If you need us, we'll be sipping on Bev Gris (one of our best wines) and making Jessica in the Kitchen's balsamic grilled vegetables.
Dry Sparkling Wines
Sparkling wines are pretty frequently dry— we're talking champagne and pretty much anything with the word "brut" in it. So not to worry, you can still have your bubble, carbon dioxide filled beverage without having to worry about having to drink a sweet wine.
Dry Red Wines
If you're okay dealing with the red wine teeth, stick to your tannin-filled dry red wines that consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Shiraz/Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc. Just make sure to have a toothbrush handy or something.
MEAT. Sorry, we got excited there for a second. But dry red wines are our excuse to indulge our taste buds in meat, cheese, and dessert, especially something chocolatey.
If you're going to ask us a huge favor, a safe bet is to bring us a bone-dry red bottle and make Peaches to Peaches's Triple Chocolate Deep Dish Brownies. We'll be so full and happy; it would be nearly impossible for us to say no to any favor! But if we’re being honest, we also wouldn’t say no if you brought any type of wine, especially if it’s Bev