The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon

Tomato and cherry flavors nestle comfortably together with notes of leather and clay in Sangiovese. Pinot noir is French for "black pinecone," a description of the grape's appearance. Some whites age better in stainless steel. A "butt" is a medieval measurement for the liquid volume of wine.

Red wines usually trump whites in alcohol content. Smoky is usually a byproduct of oak barrels, or, less often, of drunken arson. Spice, strawberries, oak and tar. Can't taste them? Drink more. Sit and intelligently sip a glass. Sulfites are found in nearly all wines, produced by the yeast during fermentation.