Wine Q&A: Which type of wine will make my mouth dry? - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

Which type of wine, on the whole, is most likely to make my mouth feel dry: white, rosé or red?


The tannin in red wine is most likely to make your mouth feel dry. Tannin is found in grape pips and grape skins – and it's the skins that give red wine its high tannin levels (and red colour) because these are added to the mix when the wine in made.

Rosé wine also has the skins added, but they are taken out of the brew after only a short time so the tannin is lower (and the colour is paler). In white wine the skins aren't used at all, so consequently it generally has a lower tannin content and so feels less drying when you drink it. So now you know.

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