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Taste The Difference: Factors That Distinguish The Reds From The Whites (Wines)

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

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Wine aficionados can tell reds apart from whites, even with a blindfold on. But if you’re a novice who’s just beginning to learn the basics, the subtle differences between red and white wine are probably beyond you.

This is because the differences between the two are far greater than just their appearances; their varietal, age, casking, and blend all contribute to the unique experience each one offers.

Wine is more than just a drink; it’s a celebration of festivities, a passionate liaison of hearts, and a luxury for dinner-time rituals. It has as many different blends and textures to offer as there are bidders for each sip.

The factors that differentiate reds from whites are even more prolific than the labels that fall under each category. Here are a few differences for starters.

Distinctive Factors


This is the recipe that’s used by winemakers to make wine.


You must have heard the saying wine only gets better with age! Time plays a fundamental role in how rich and flavorful a label is—especially for red wine.


Wine can either be casked in oak barrels or other containers. Wine casked in wood tastes noticeably different from other varieties because it has a tinge of wooden flavor in it.

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Grape Blend

As the primary source of nectar, grapes transmit their own flavor and aromatic qualities to the blend they make. This is a major determinant of the taste of a wine.

Growing Season

Different time zones have different growing seasons. The same label from different places will have a drastic distinction in taste because of the distinct growing season.

Red vs. White

Even though your eyes can spot the major difference, they can trick you sometimes. For instance, some white wines are derived from black grapes, so don’t depend on your sight alone!

Red wines differ from whites because of the fermentation process. Red wines get their color from grape skins, as they’re fermented with them and the fruit seeds. However, the skins and seeds are removed during the fermentation process in the case of white wines. Similarly, Rosé wines are fermented with the skins for a short period, which give them a blushing pink shade.

Major Red Wines

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Pinot Noir

Made from Pinot Noir grades, this wine is a light- to medium-bodied drink with a berry-flavored taste.


Made from Syrah grapes, this drink is medium-bodied and has the characteristic flavor of dark cherries and cassis, spiced with a hint of pepper.


Made by grapes of the same name, this, too, is a medium-bodied drink with a distinct leathery texture with an earthy, tannic flavor.

Major White Blends

Pinot Grigio

Made from Pinot Gris grapes, this is a light drink with a rich flavor of ripened peaches and grapefruits.


Made by grapes of the same name, this is a light-bodied wine with a characteristic flavor of apples and pears.

Sauvignon Blanc

Made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this is a medium-bodied drink with a driving citrusy flavor and a hint of herbaceous tastes.

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This is a full-bodied wine that’s made with Chardonnay grapes. It has an oaky flavor layered with a taste of tropical fruity goodness.

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