A great mnemonic device for remembering what wines are what from Esquire.com!
“For example, he’d point to the three major varieties of white wine — Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, and Chardonnay — and ask you to visualize them as skim milk, whole milk, and cream. Before you’d even tasted the wines, you had an idea of where they stood from light to heavy. Then he did the same for reds. Pinot noir: skim milk. Merlot: whole milk. Cabernet sauvignon: cream. With that information alone, you could go into a restaurant, order a thick sirloin, and know that it was wiser to muscle up to the steak with a hearty Cabernet than a willowy Riesling.”