When ordering wine, try to avoid saying you want something “fruity.” You might have in mind a New Zealand Chardonnay that’s fragrant with tropical fruits, or a silky-smooth Merlot that hits all those dark cherry notes…but some servers might interpret this as sweet.

You won’t necessarily end up with a Moscato d’Asti or a dessert wine, but you could receive an off-dry Riesling or a red with more residual sugar than you had in mind. These are delicious wines—but if you’re looking for dry, you will be disappointed. Instead, use words like “aromatic” for a white, or “juicy” for a red; and to be extra-sure, specify “dry.”

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