Table of red wine and white wine listing them from lightest to heaviest.  Choose a light wine to go with light food and a heavy or full bodied one to go with stronger food.The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars. - Benjamin Franklin
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These tables will help you choose just the right wine to go with your food. Listed here are red wines and white wines in order of lightness to heaviness.

Start the meal with a lighter wine, progressing toward a heavy or full-bodied one. Also choose a lighter wine to go with light food and more full-bodied wine to go with heavier food.

 

Selected RED Wines, Light to Heavy

1
 Valpolicella
2
 Beaujolais
3
 Dolcetto
4
 California Pinot Noir
5
 Burgundy
6
 Barbera
7
 Chianti Classico
8
 Barbaresco, Barolo
9
 Rioja
10
 Bordeaux
11
 Merlot (United States, French are lighter)
12
 Zinfandel
13
 Rhone
14
 Cabernet Sauvignon (United States, Australia, French are lighter)
15
 Syrah, Shiraz

 

Selected WHITE Wines - Light to Heavy

1
 Soave, Orvieto, Pinot Grigio
2
 Off-dry Riesling
3
 Dry Riesling
4
 Muscadet
5
 Champagne and other dry sparkling wines
6
 Chenin Blanc
7
 French Chablis and other unoaked Chardonnays
8
 Sauvignon Blanc
9
 White Bordeaux
10
 White Burgundy
11
 Pinot Gris (Alsace, Tokay)
12
 Gewurztraminer
13
 Barrel-fermented or barrel-aged Chardonnay (United States, Australia)

 

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