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- Cabernet Sauvignon 868
- Pinot Noir 844
- Bordeaux Red Blends 755
- Other Red Blends 478
- Tempranillo 263
- Rhône Blends 229
- Sangiovese 226
- Malbec 175
- Syrah/Shiraz 173
- Merlot 153
- Nebbiolo 146
- Zinfandel 116
- Tuscan Blends 70
- Grenache 68
- Cabernet Franc 67
- Gamay 46
- Barbera 41
- Other Red Wine 31
- Carmenere 27
- Petite Sirah 27
- Dolcetto 19
- Mourvedre 19
- Montepulciano 18
- Nero d'Avola 17
- Mencia 16
- Nerello Mascalese 14
- Carignan 10
- Pinotage 10
- Primitivo 10
- Aglianico 9
- Bonarda 7
- Negroamaro 5
- Cinsault 4
- Corvina 4
- Petit Verdot 4
- Agiorgitiko 4
- Sagrantino 4
- Tannat 3
- Frappato 3
- Lagrein 2
- Touriga Nacional 2
- Valdiguie 2
- Alicante Bouschet 2
- Gaglioppo 2
- Pais 2
- Blaufrankisch 1
- Freisa 1
- Grignolino 1
- Refosco 1
- Schiava 1
- St. Laurent 1
- Xinomavro 1
- Zweigelt 1
- California 1534
- France 1085
- Italy 787
- Spain 414
- Argentina 309
- Chile 181
- Washington 150
- Australia 146
- Oregon 122
- Israel 74
- South Africa 68
- New Zealand 45
- Portugal 38
- Greece 12
- Lebanon 8
- Uruguay 6
- Other U.S. 4
- Austria 3
- Germany 3
- Macedonia (FYROM) 3
- Armenia 2
- Brazil 2
- Croatia 2
- Slovenia 2
- China 1
- Country of Georgia 1
- James Suckling 1843
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 1255
- Wine Enthusiast 847
- Jeb Dunnuck 828
- Wine Spectator 785
- Decanter 571
- Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 422
- Vinous 380
- Wine & Spirits 134
- Tasting Panel 83
- Burghound.com 80
- Jasper Morris 41
- Connoisseurs' Guide 27
- The Somm Journal 19
- James Halliday 6
- Whisky Advocate 1
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La Nevera Garnacha Carinena 2017Grenache from Carinena, Spain
Rui Roboredo Madeira Castello d'Alba Reserva Tinto 2019Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Effe 55 Gran Selezione 2016Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Domaine de la Beche Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2020Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Reserve de Malartic 2019Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Eguren Ugarte Reserva 2015Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Duboeuf Fleurie 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2019Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Bela Crianza 2020Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Eden Rift Terraces Pinot Noir 2018Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
Cordella Brunello di Montalcino 2016Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Clos Dalian Garnacha Crianza 2016Grenache from Terra Alta, Spain
Vinos de Arganza Flavium Premium Crianza Mencia 2020Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
Bodegas Mas Alta Artigas Priorat 2017Rhone Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
Van Zellers & Co VZ Red 2019Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
Consentido Monastrell Barrica 2017Mourvedre from Yecla, Spain
Chateau Les Gravettes Bordeaux Superieur 2016Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
San Simeon Pinot Noir 2021Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
Miguel Torres Cordillera Cabernet Sauvignon 2018Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Chile
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Gran Reserva 2012Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
Artazu Pasos de San Martin Garnacha 2016Grenache from Navarra, Spain
Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2018Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
Barone Ricasoli CeniPrimo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Heredad Ugarte Onice Rioja 2020Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Learn about red wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...
What are the types and styles of red wine?
There are hundreds of types of red wine varieties in commercial use, from light and finessed to bold and structured, however, only about 35 varieties contribute to the majority of red wine production. The most grown grape varieties are:
- Cabernet Sauvignon. Power, elegance and complexity.
- Merlot. Soft mouthfeel.
- Tempranillo. Red and black fruit, earth and herbs.
- Syrah. Dark fruit, pepper, spicy and savory.
- Grenache. Ripe red fruit and sexy texture.
- Pinot Noir. Earthy, silky and complex.
- Sangiovese. Red fruit, earthy and herbal.
How is red wine made?
To make red wine, the pressed grape juice is left in contact with its skins—a process called maceration—to draw out color, tannins and phenols (compounds responsible for the complex aromas and flavors in wine). With fermentation complete, the wine is aged in tank or barrel. Short aging results in a fresh, fruity red. To allow time for flavors to integrate, more complex wines need to age longer, often in oak barrels, which may impart notes of toast, vanilla or coconut.
What gives red wine its color?
Grape juice is almost colorless. Color comes from maceration, when the juice is left in contact with grape skins. Longer macerations result in deeper red tones, but grape variety hues vary. For example, wines made from Nebbiolo are pale garnet, Merlot is bright ruby and Syrah opaque purple.
How do you serve red wine?
Temperature is key. Aim for 55° F to 60° F for lighter reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller ones. A wine served too cold will be muted. Serve it warm and it will taste too alcoholic. If you have a wine fridge or cellar, you’re set. If not, place the bottle in your refrigerator for 20-30 minutes prior to serving. Next, some reds benefit from a few minutes or more of aeration in a decanter. This exposes the wine to oxygen, which helps release the compounds responsible for aroma and taste. As for drinking red wines, the best glasses have a stem and a bowl large enough to allow proper swirling to allow release of aromas. Fill your glass no more than halfway.
How long does red wine last?
Opened and re-corked, a bottle will stay fresh in your fridge for one to two days, a bit longer for more tannic reds. (We have ideas for what to do with leftover red wine if you don’t get back to it quickly). Unopened, red wines stay good for one year to several decades. Optimal storage means bottles lay on their sides in a moderately humid environment at 57° F, but assessing how long to age a bottle is complicated. Seek a wine professional for advice if you are unsure.
Pairing red wine with food
These guidelines will help you make the most of red wine pairing options.
- If a sauce is involved, focus more on that than the protein. For example, considering Coq Au Vin, play off the pancetta, mushrooms and wine with an earthy Pinot Noir.
- Match intensity levels, i.e. a bold red with a bold dish, lighter with lighter. Spice-rubbed lamb kabobs go perfectly with a bold Syrah from Columbia Valley, Washington.
- A highly tannic red pairs well with fatty foods. Dolcetto is amazing with a cheese and charcuterie plate.
- High acid foods call for high acid wines. Ever wonder Barbera and Sangiovese are so ubiquitous in Italy? As high acid wines, both are perfect matches to anything involving tomato sauce.
- Beware of dry red with dessert! Your wine should be sweeter than the treat. Try Tawny Port with dark chocolate for a match made in heaven.
Popular red wine regions
While every U.S. state produces wine, the most famous and popular regions remain those on the west coast:
- Napa Valley. First commercial winery 1861. Cabernet.
- Sonoma County. Since mid-1800’s. Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet.
- Paso Robles. 1880’s. Cabernet, Zinfandel and Rhone varieties.
- Santa Rita Hills. 1971. Pinot Noir.
- Willamette Valley, Oregon. 1965. Pinot Noir.
- Columbia Valley, Washington (and part of northern Oregon). 1860’s. Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet.
Worldwide, wine destinations abound, with the most venerated in Europe. The last four are popular New World regions.
- Bordeaux, France. As early as 60 BC. Based on Merlot and Cabernet.
- Burgundy, France. From 2nd century AD. Pinot Noir.
- Tuscany, Italy. From 8th century BC. Based on Sangiovese, plus “Super Tuscans” made with other reds.
- Rioja, Spain. From 11th century BC. Based on Tempranillo.
- Stellenbosch, South Africa. 1680’s. Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage.
- Mendoza, Argentina. Late 1800’s. Malbec and others.
- Colchagua Valley, Chile. 1870’s. Cabernet, Merlot and Carmenere.
- Barossa Valley, Australia. 1842. Shiraz and others.
Sweet red wine
Whether light and effervescent (e.g., Lambrusco and Brachetto d’Acqui) or bold and fortified (Port and Bual Madeira), sweet red wines can be terrific on their own or with a range of desserts.
Dry red wine
A dry red occurs when fermentation continues until most or all grape sugars have been converted to alcohol. Most common red wines on the shelf – Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, etc.—are dry wines. Since dry wines have little to no residual sugar, they also have fewer calories, especially when comparing them to Champagne and sparkling wines.
Smoothest red wine
Red wines are perceived as smooth when their tannins are either naturally low, have been carefully managed by the winemaker or have partially fallen out of suspension due to aging. Red varieties with lower tannins include Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay, Barbera and Corvina.