Dry, Sweet, Semi-Dry, Off-Dry… What Does it All Mean?

Dryness in wine has technical definitions:


Wines with less than 10 grams of residual sugar per liter


Wines with more than 30 grams of residual sugar per liter

Off-dry or Semi-dry

Two different terms that mean the same thing… Any wine that falls between 10 and 30 grams

But it can be complicated…

A wine can be dry by definition, but the flavors can come across as a little bit sweet, while a semi-dry wine can have acidity that makes the flavors more tart, rather than sweet.

In addition, personal taste also makes a difference. The tolerance for sweetness varies from person to person – which is why what may taste too sweet to you, may be another person’s favorite wine!

Do you prefer dry or sweet wine?



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