10 Colours Every Wine Connoisseur Should Know

Do you know the meaning of “Chardonnay”? What about “Cabernet Sauvignon”? So many different types of wine, all with their own subtle variations and flavours. Some are a deep brownish-red, others are a sparkling light green, one might be a deep purple colour while another is almost completely transparent. 

But one thing that unites them all? Colours! The colours of wine vary depending on the type of grape in its composition as well as winemaking techniques. The colour of your favourite glass of wine is not nearly as important as what the colour means to you. Noodletalk has information about more colours every wine connoisseur should know.

Choosing the perfect wine takes careful selection in order to appreciate its full potential. When it comes to choosing a wine for an occasion, there are a few simple guidelines that will help you find one that fits your mood and palate.

A light-bodied red with berry undertones is often a good choice for dinner parties or formal receptions; on the other hand, if you want an earthy compliment, try choosing a Pinot Noir or Syrah. 

Perhaps you have a sweet tooth and the last glass of Moscato you tried left a pleasant aftertaste,  it’s important to remember that not all wines taste the same, so if you find something you really like, give it another try.

In this article I will teach you ten colors every wine connoisseur should know, including red, purple, pink, white, blue-pink, greenish-yellow-brownish (or olive), gray-blue (or lavender), brownish-greenish (or pumpkin), orangey yellow brown (or burnt sienna).

There is little to be said about greenish-yellow-brownish because it is a very vague color. 4 out of the ten colors in the list are negligibly greenish yellow brownish, which is why I will not mention them in this article (except for brownish-greenish).  

I’ll leave that to another article I’ll write about when my brain starts working again.

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1. Red

Reds range from dull reds like the wine you would get in a supermarket’s own box to bright reds like a delicious semi-sweet dessert wine. Red wine can be light or heavy depending on the type. A great light red to get you started is the Pinot Noir.

2. Purple

Purples are generally pretty damn beautiful and look great together with a dark wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. In general, a good first purple would be the Shiraz.

3. Pink

Pink can be either very light or very deep pink and is usually not one of my personal favorites so I’ll stick to pink-y-purple wines that are a little bit lighter, like a Pinot Grigio.

4. White wines

White wines tend to be more fruity than reds but don’t expect dessert wine notes out of them when you drink them with food. A good way to get started is with the Sauvignon Blanc.

5. Blue-pink 

Blue-pink is the color of Pinot Noir and usually in the paler shade of blue pink, like a nice rosé. In my experience, most people also favor this color for wine-drinking, not just me.

6. Greenish-yellow brownish (or olive)

This is the most common color in wine and ranges from a light green to a strong dark green with some yellow in it as well. The best way to get used to this color would be by getting used to eating food that has herbs or spices in it because they’re usually green as well.

7. Gray-blue (or lavender)

Well, it depends on how much of a demon you want to be. If you want a light and clear wine, go with the whites. If you want a darker and heavier wine, go with the reds. Me? I’m use to light blue wines so I’d try either the Pinot Grigio or the Chardonnay for this color.

8. Brownish-greenish (or pumpkin)

Pumpkin is usually a nice color that can sometimes make your polyester clothing look more beautiful. Pinot Noir is probably best for this color if you don’t have a huge bottle of it already opened at home (I said “at home” not “home”).

9. Orangey yellow brown (or burnt sienna)

This color often comes with a lot of herb flavor in it, such as sage or thyme. Pinot Noir is usually the best for this color but you can also try Cabernet Sauvignon and other reds.

10. The last one: A semi-orangey yellow brown (or burnt sienna) wine. 

When you see this color you either know where to go, or don’t know what wine to get. All I can say is for God’s sake, do not order “anything that has a nice color” because it will be an abomination to your senses and your wallet.

Anyone can enjoy a nice red wine, but only connoisseurs know what to do with that knowledge and that’s where this article comes in.

If you are a novice wine enthusiast, then you might want to stick around for some basic information first. 

Because for too long, the world has been dominated by a strictly old-fashioned idea about wine, it’s all about drinking it in the right way , pairing it with food and dressing up to match its taste. Nowadays, wine is seen as more than just a drink, wine is an art form, a vital part of modern culture and more than anything, an art.

With this in mind, you can now take the next step in your love affair with wine,  understanding and learning the methods that shape it. 

A color is a term for a certain hue or shade that we can see. When we talk about wine it is important to be able to identify and describe the colors of the wines in front of you. This way you can know what is in your glass and also make better decisions about which wine(s) to buy next time.

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