Dry Wine Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below. Mr. Oahu Hawaii Yes, it’s annoying that “dry” is used in odd ways for wine. “Dry” is used to mean “not sweet” and “off dry” or “semi-dry” to mean “slightly sweet”. To further complicate things, Germans use “trocken” for “dry” and not only apply “trocken” to wine in this manner, but also apply it to an extremely sweet, syrupy wine, called Trockenbeerenauslese, a kind of dessert wine made from shrivelled, “nobel-rot affected” grapes. Very confusing. Mr. PoopyPants I like trains… TBA Trockenbeerenauslese = DRIED berry selection. Nothing to do with ‘dry’.