Scale of Sweetness in Wines


Wines vary in sweetness from totally dry which is less than 0% sugar, to extremely sweet wines which can exceed 10% sweetness. It is very difficult to determine by reading most wine labels as to the sweetness level. This is one reason that Messina Hof has created the color coded labels to assist the consumer to determine the style of wine in the bottle. 

As far as the Messina Hof wines go this would be what the sweetness scale looks like for most vintages.

Whites from Driest to Sweetest:

PR Chardonnay
Unoaked Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Grigio
Merrill’s Vineyard Riesling
Father and Son Riesling/Muscat Canelli
Chenin Blanc/White Zinfandel
Mama Rosa Rose’
Merrill’s Vineyard Angel Late Harvest Riesling
Father and Son Angel Late Harvest Riesling
Glory Late Harvest Muscat Canelli
Ivory Ports of Call

Reds from Driest to Sweetest:

Private Reserve TexZin, Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Reserve Merlot/Private Reserve Cabernet Franc
Paulo Cabernet Sauvignon/Paulo Bordeaux Blend
Paulo Shiraz/Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Paulo Merlot/Reflections/Private Reserve Shiraz
Barrel Reserve Merlot, Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon,
Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc
Barrel Reserve Shiraz, Barrel Reserve TexZin,
Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir Beau/Sangria
Ebony Ports of Call/Barrel Reserve Port
Private Reserve Port/ Paulo Port
Tawny Port/ Solera Sherry