Define a Dry Wine

by Ashley Brooks ; Updated September 28, 2017

Dry wines are those that have little to no sugar content. A number of popular wines are considered "dry" wines. This is determined primarily by its taste, not the body or color of the wine.


Dry wines run the gamut through all the major types of wines, including red, white and rose.


Many popular dry wines include Bordeaux, Burgundies, Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs.


Dry wines are popularly referred to as table wines. The reason behind this is that dry wines go well with most foods.

Sugar Content

Although dry wines taste less sweet than other wines, there can still be trace amounts of sugar once the wine has finished fermenting.


Because the sugar in a dry wine has been allowed to ferment along with the yeast, it turns into alcohol.

Serving Dry Wine

Because there are so many types of dry wines, it is best to taste a wine along with a main dish before serving to find what suits the meal best.

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Ashley 'Ash' Brooks is a writer living in the Midwest. She has worked in the writing industry for over five years as a writer, editor and teacher. Brooks enjoys writing about animals (preferably cats), mental health, spirituality and computers. She has been published on Brooks has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a Master' of Arts in composition and rhetoric,