We have a confession to make: We like wine. As it turns out, we’re not alone in this regard. According to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), there were more than 24 million wine drinkers in France as of 2018—and that number is growing every year. While most people think of wine as being synonymous with alcohol, this isn’t always the case. For example, there are plenty of dry wines—those that contain less than 13% alcohol by volume—that don’t taste boozy at all. This can be great for those who want something light and refreshing after work or dinner but don’t want to get drunk on their favorite Cabernet Sauvignon before bedtime (or during it). There are also several types of high-alcohol wines out there whose strong flavors pair well with certain types of food and other beverages.

High alcohol wines

Wines with high alcohol content are typically sweeter and more full-bodied. They are often aged longer, as well, which gives them a more complex flavor profile. Higher alcohol wines are also usually more expensive than their fewer alcoholic counterparts because of the extra production costs involved in making them.

Wines made from grapes fermented to higher-than-normal levels of alcohol can be produced in several different ways:

  • In some cases, winemakers will choose to add distilled spirits like brandy or whiskey during fermentation or aging processes. This process imparts a stronger flavor to the finished product than simply fermenting grapes alone would yield–but at the expense of diluting its natural fruitiness (or even masking it altogether). So, if you see words like “brandy” on your bottle’s label but not much else descriptive detail about what kind of grape varieties went into making your wine…you might want to ask questions before buying!
white wine served with food by the sea

Low alcohol wines

Low-alcohol wines are usually less than 10% ABV. This means that if you drink a glass of low-alcohol wine, it will not have as much of an impact on your body as a glass of regular wine. Low-alcohol wines are also sweeter because the lower sugar content allows them to taste more like fruit juice. This makes them great for drinking with food, especially if you’re eating something sweet like dessert or chocolate cake!

Low-alcohol wines are best for people who don’t drink much but want something flavorful and refreshing without getting drunk off their feet (or hungover). For example: if your friend only likes white zinfandel and asks for some at dinner but then pours herself two glasses and gets wasted before dessert arrives; offer her one of these instead!

Both high and low-alcohol wines can be good, depending on what you want to drink.

In general, high-alcohol wines are best for cooking and low-alcohol wines are better for drinking. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if you want a more intense flavor in your dish, then using wine with higher levels of alcohol may be helpful.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something mellow and easy on the palate (and perhaps even less than 10% ABV), then choosing one with lower levels would be best.


So, if you’re looking for a wine with high alcohol content, we recommend trying one of these. And if you’re looking for something low in alcohol, we hope our list will help!

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