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Drink beer and don’t know where to even begin with wine? Check out this guide! Here are 12 popular styles of beer and their wine equivalents.
If you like Lager, try Vermentino
Vermentinos are medium bodied, and often refreshing with natural acidity, much like a dry and crisp lager.
SHOP: McW Alternis Vermentino
If you like Cider, try Moscato
If you like your tart and fizzy Ciders, then sparkling moscato is right up your alley.
SHOP: Fruitwood Moscato
If you like IPA, try Sauvignon Blanc
Hoppy India Pale Ale’s and grassy Sauvignon Blancs are both versatile, bright, bold and herbal, often featuring notes of citrus.
READ MORE: Wine & Chocolate Pairing
If you like Wheat Beer, try Chardonnay
Chardonnays, like Wheat Beer, are complex while still being smooth, light and refreshing.
If you like Pale Ale, try Pinot Noir
Pinot Noirs are earthy yet light, and like Pale Ales, are popular for being balanced and mellow.
If you like Pilsner, try Pinot Grigio
A Pinot Grigio’s simultaneously sweet and spicy notes are reminiscent of a Pilsner’s strong hops and spiced profile.
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If you like Amber/Red Ale, try Rosé
Rosés are characteristically full and sweet, so lovers of the malt centric Amber/Red Ale will feel right at home.
SHOP: On the Grapevine Rosé
If you like Belgium Ale, try Shiraz
Both Belgium Ales and fruit forward wines, like Shiraz, stand on their own, with a similar profile of big body, high alcohol and inherent sweetness.
SHOP: Off the Press Shiraz
If you like Doppelbock, try Merlot
Merlots have a characteristically smooth finish with a subtle chocolate flavour, making it an easy transition from the palatable and malty Doppelbock.
SHOP: Hanwood Estate Merlot
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If you like Porter, try Syrah
Both Porters and Syrahs are known for being powerful, dark and full bodied.
If you like Stout, try Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark and full bodied wine with strong and layered fruit flavours; the red wine version of a bold and roasted malty stout.
If you like Barrel Aged, try Tawny
Tawnys are strong and jammy dessert wines, with flavours as in-your-face and textured as your favourite barrel aged beers.
SHOP: Show Reserve Rare Tawny
READ MORE: 4 Tips to Taste Wine Like a Pro
This is an edited version of a story that first appeared on Wine Country Gift Baskets.
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