Restaurants, retailers, and wine shops have been color-classifying wine for years: red, white, and rosé. However, a wine’s color is far more important and far more complex than three simple categories on a supermarket shelf. Observing a wine’s color can be a valuable clue for determining the vintage, asessing the wine’s quality, and (most importantly) kicking butt on a blind tasting challenge.
The Complete Wine Color Chart shows 36 unique color states of red, white, and rosé wines, which are organized by hue and intensity. Use this chart to become familiar with the full color hue spectrum that you can observe in a wine glass and to pick up the specific terminology that we can use to describe a wine’s color.