Understanding Old World vs. New World Wine

Video: 3m 34sec Quiz: 8 questions

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Old world vs New world wine is how sommeliers QUICKLY assess what a wine will be like, and whether or not their customer will like it. That’s because old world (European) wines and new world (the rest) wines have very distinct style differences. Watch the video to learn what they are, and how to do a quick tasting of restaurant wines-by-the-glass, to see the differences for yourself.

Old World vs. New World

  • Old World – Europe
    • Earthy
    • Greater Structure
    • Higher Acidity
    • Food Wines
  • New World – Everywhere else
    • More fruit driven
    • Lower acidity
    • Often bigger body