Do you know the 9 basic wine styles? Madeline Puckett, the moving force behind one of the best wine websites, Winefolly.com has distilled pretty much everything you need to know about the basic wine styles to one helpful graphic. The accompanying post is informative and entertaining. I encourage you to visit Winefolly.com and spend some time there. The content is excellent.
The wine makers in the Sierra Foothills seem to focus on three of the wine styles: Full Red, Medium Red and Zesty Whites. This is largely due to the geography and weather lending itself to certain grape varietals, and a longer hang time for the grapes.