Wine Styles

The only way to reliably choose wines you’ll love is to learn which wine styles you prefer & select wines in those styles!

What is a wine style?

Glad you asked… That’s what BottleCru is all about.

A wine style is a specific version of a wine varietal or classic blend which has certain aroma, taste and structural characteristics which are consistent from wine to wine in that style. For example, there are three classical styles of Chardonnay. (For brevity we give them “nick” names so we call them Big Charlotte, Cool Charlotte, and Racy Charlotte Styles!) Their acidity, aromas, taste profiles and weight on the palate can be quite different. Classic examples of theses styles are: Oaky Napa Chardonnay, a Burgundy White and a French Chablis. Not only do they smell, taste and feel differently on the palate, they pair with foods in dramatically different ways and age differently.

At, we help you identify which wine’s styles you prefer and recommend specific wines in those styles! We only use professional sommeliers including renowned Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser to review (curate) the wines and determine their styles.

It’s all done using unbiased reviews from sommeliers, not advertising. We don’t sell wines or take any payments for recommending wines.

So what are you waiting for?

To get started, try our short 1-minute “Wine Palate Analyzer”. You will then instantly see some recommended wine styles that match your palate preferences! And your palate profile will be extended as you taste and rate additional wines in the app. Don’t use other reviewer’s palates or points ratings to select wines, discover and follow yours!