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Sweet and dry wines are on the opposite end of the same spectrum.
These terms refer to the amount of residual sugar in a wine. Sweet wines contain more residual sugar. This happens during the wine making process when only some of the sugar in the wine is converted into alcohol.
For a dry wine, when all of the sugar is converted into alcohol then that wine is dry. Wines with around 5 to 30% residual sugar are sweet wines. If it's in the 3 to 5% range, it's a medium or semi sweet red wine. Dry wines have residual sugar of only 1 to 2%.
So, if a wine is sweet, it can't be dry. If a wine is dry, it can't be sweet. Some people confuse the fruity taste in a wine with sweetness. However, this is just the intensity of the fruit in the wine as a fruity red wine can be either sweet or dry.
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