An easy to follow and easy to understand primer on the types of red wine
Oh how I love red wine. I am always up to try a new red no matter the time of year. My favorite thing to drink with red wine is me.I often enjoy a glass or two with nothing more than me; not with dinner, not with friends, although that’s an extra special treat, not with anything.
me, a glass of wine, and a slice of happiness. Wine, especially red wine, stands on its own. There as so many types of red wine to choose from.
There are a lot of things to pair with red wine, but being able to enjoy a glass in solitary is true joy. To be able to taste the flavors that a particular wine imparts all on its own merits.
I hope you’ll pour yourself a glass of your favorite and join me.
Red wine is made is made from grapes that are red or blue and are called
black grapes. Just as there are different types of citrus such as
tangerines, grapefruit, clementine or naval oranges, which all have
different properties; grapes also have a wide variety of taste and
These different grapes are then crushed and some even blended into different combinations in order to make the various types of red wine.
Red wine is made is made from grapes that are red or blue and are called black grapes. Just as there are different types of citrus such as tangerines, grapefruit, clementine or naval oranges, which all have different properties; grapes also have a wide variety of taste and color. These different grapes are then crushed and some even blended into different combinations in order to make the various types of red wine.
Allowing the juice from the grapes to soak with the grape skins gives red wine its color. It also imparts a substance known as tannin. Tannin is what gives the different types of red wine a firm feel in your mouth. The firmness can be fairly intense with a young red.
Tannins mellow with the aging of the red wine.
This list is not all inclusive of the different types of red wine, nor is it meant to be. Remember, we are trying to keep it seriously simple.
Barbara (bar-bear-uh) is used widely for the production of rich cooking wines and tomato sauces.
Brunello (broo-nel-oh) is a wine that is only permitted for use in making the bold and rare Tuscan wine, Brunello Di Maontaleino.
Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-er-nay so-vin-yon) is probably the worlds best known variety and is brimming with flavors of black currant when still young in age and rolls into more of an oak flavor due to the barrels in which it is aged. Cab is my personal favorite red wine.
This is one on my picks for a wine to drink with pizza.
Gamay (ga-may) is a wine meant to be drunk shortly after bottling for a crisp, fruity taste.
Merlot (mur-lo) is usually considered an introductory wine as it has a smoother and is less rough on the palate with an almost velvety texture.
Malbec, (mahl-beck) originally from France, has emerged as Argentina's flagship variety, is a smooth wine with a plum like flavor.
Pinot Noir (pee-no nwa) is a light colored wine, relatively high in alcohol content, medium to high acidity, fruity almost berry-like.
Shiraz, (shi-rahz) also known as Syrah (sih-rah) by European vintners, is a hearty red wine with intense, spicy undertones as well as an extremely long finish on the palate.
Sangiovese (san-gee-vehs-eh) is the grape of the Tuscany and Chianti regions. Varied aromas and flavors lend to its complexity.
Tempranillo is a full bodied red wine, usually blended in with Granache to develop the flavor. From Spain, with a hint of strawberry and plums.
Zinfandel (Zin-fan-dell) makes the greatest variety of wines, from a light pink blush to the deep ruby reds. This is the perfect by the pool, backyard BBQ wine.
Food and wine are often paired together in order to compliment one another; however, I often enjoy a glass of red wine all by itself.
To get the most enjoyment from your bottle of red, serving temperature becomes a consideration. If your red is consumed too warm, the alcohol takes over the subtle flavors meant for your enjoyment. If served too cold, again the flavors are lost. Either way, the temperature for most if not all types of red wine is usually 62 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.