What Are Your Five Favorite Styles of Wine?

While out to lunch, one of my co-workers asked me a question that caught me by surprise.  It was a simple question…”What are your 4 favorite wines? (I’m taking editorial license and expanding it to 5 for purposes of this post because…well it just feels right;-) As my mind started to race through the possibilities, I decided to clarify the question (and stall for a second or two).  I replied, “Do you mean by variety or style”?  He replied “Either”.  Next thing you know, like the kid Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” when asked by Santa what he wanted for Christmas, I blurted out my answer!

You’d think, being the wine drinking fool I am,  I’d have given this some thought prior to being asked the question, but I hadn’t.  I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised by my lack of decisiveness in this matter.  My response would be the same if you’d ask me for my 5 favorite ice creams, cheesecake, or dream cars.  It would likely depend on when you asked me and the answer would be subject to change…

When I got home, I asked my wife the same question.  Her answer, a bit to my surprise, was relatively swift and sure – Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah.

So what are my 5 favorite style/kinds of  wines? They are:

  1. Pinot Noir
  2. Rhone Blends
  3. Bordeaux Blends
  4. Sparkling Wines
  5. Rosé

Your turn!  What are your 5 favorite types, or styles of wine (and “No” you can’t respond with the name of an entire country;-)  Leave me a comment and let me know!


  1. Jojo says:

    1. cabernet sauvignon
    2. white zinfandel
    3. rhone blend
    4. rhone blend
    5. sparkling wine

  2. Helen says:

    I’m with Jojo. Cab is still my #1!

    1) Cabernet Sauvignon
    2) Pinot Noir
    3) Rhones
    4) Zinfandel / Syrah (tie… is that cheating?)
    5) Chardonnay

    1. Hi Helen,
      Re: #4 not if it’s a blend;-)

  3. jeffisrad says:

    I can’t belive I’ve never thought of this before…
    1. Cabernet Sauvignon / Bordeaux Blends
    2. Zinfandel
    3. Rhone Blends (Mainly Syrah and Grenache)
    4. Pinot Noir
    5. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc based dessert wines (Sauternes etc…)
    I wish I didn’t have to limit it to five. I feel like Petit Sirah and Chardonnay both need to be somewhere on my list.
    – Jeff

    1. Jeff,
      I know what you mean, I was tempted to expand to 10, but fewer choices would require a laser focus! Good thing, we can drink more than 5! If I had a top 10 I think a dessert wine would make it….Hell I could do just top 5 dessert wines!

  4. Right now
    1. Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Blends
    2. Syrah/Shiraz
    3. Viognier
    4. Gewurztraminer
    5. Sparkling
    Tomorrow ???

    1. Thanks for the comments. Ha! I know EXACTLY what you mean by “Tomorrow?” Same with me;-) So many wines…so little time!

  5. Scott says:

    1. White
    2. Red
    3. Sparkling
    4. Dessert
    5. Fortified


    1. Scott…Ha!…I kinda asked for that;-). Thanks for the comment!

  6. cono_sur says:

    1. Cabernet Sauvignon
    2. Australian Shiraz
    3. Riesling
    4. Crianza
    5. GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre)

    1. Nice list! I had a tough time leaving Riesling off of mine…

      1. cono_sur says:

        I had a tough time whittling it down to 5. haha :)

  7. fearnowine says:

    1. Syrah – Cabot Vineyards
    2. Navarro – Pinot Noir Deep End Blend
    3. Tablas Creek – Esprit de Beaucastel
    4. Bedrock – Ode to Lulu
    5. John Tyler – Petite Syrah

  8. fearnowine says:

    1. Syrah – Cabot
    2. Pinot Noir – Deep End Blend
    3. Esprit de Beaucastel (GSM blend) – Tablas Creek
    4. Rosé of Mourvèdre – Bedrock Ode to Lulu
    5. Petite Syrah – John Tyler

  9. With your 5 favorites, I’m surprised you haven’t been on one of Bliss Travels trips —
    1. Pinot (Burgundy)
    2. Rhone (Provence)
    3. Bordeaux….
    4. Sparkling –Champagne and Cremant
    5. Rose –Provence!!
    What are you waiting for? :) Talk about Bliss!

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