One of the most commonly misused words when people order wine is “Sweet”. When wine people say a wine is sweet, they mean that there is residual sugar in the wine, in other words, not all the grape juice has been converted into alcohol. This is a winemaker choice. When a diner asks for sweet wine, they normally mean fruity, lots of juicy fruit on the nose and palate.
Clearly, the easiest way to tell a server or Sommelier what type of wine you want is to point to the one that you have selected on the list. Frankly, if you can do that and be comfortable with all the wine styles, you might know more than your server. But that isn’t always so easy and the ability to give some useful guidance can yield you a better wine and dining experience.
There are a few basic approaches to communicating your