Types of Red Wines You Should Try

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Published on: March 28, 2018

Some meals are best enjoyed with a glass of red wine. There are at least 32 varieties of red wine in the world and you can select based on the terraria or the wine boldness.

Here are the types you need to try at least once in your life.

Light-Bodied Red Wines
1. Gamay. Noted for its cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors, it also smells like bananas. You don’t need to age this wine to enjoy its flavors.
2. Pinot Noir. Considered one of the noble red wines, this type isn’t easy to grow and is not used to blend with other red wines. It has a fruity scent and taste.
3. Schiava. Do you like cotton candy? Schiava does and it’s also made from cotton candy grapes. Also called Black Hamburg, Trollinger and Vernatsch, it has a delicate color and scent but has high alcohol levels.

Medium-Bodied Red Wines
1. Merlot. Most experts recommend a glass of Merlot for beginners in red wine because of its texture and amount of tannins. Merlot is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world.
2. Zinfandel. Considered a versatile wine, it can be paired with almost anything from pizza to barbecue.
3. Grenache or Garnacha. This type of grape ripens early and has low acidity but high alcohol content. It has either a cherry or spice flavor.
4. Cabernet Franc. When mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, they make up the Bordeaux and Meritage blends. It smells like freshly brewed coffee and tastes like blueberry, black olives and violets.
5. Sangiovese. This Italian wine has a plum and berry flavor. It is best paired with Mediterranean dishes.

Full-Bodied Red Wines
1. Nebbiolo. It has pie cherry, plum and tar flavors. It’s a variety that’s difficult to grow however and is limited only to some areas in the Piedmont region of Italy.
2. Malbec. This is the perfect wine for any type of meat, It tastes like berries, plums and spice and can be oak-aged for better results.
3. Tannat. Tannat is known for its dark and dry characteristics. Originally cultivated in the region between France and Spain, it is also grown in the Americas where it produces lower tannins than the European variety.
4. Syrah or Shiraz. It smells and tastes like black currants, plum, cloves, and pepper. It’s best paired with cheese and some types of meat. Those who want to experience a different type of wine body should try Shiraz.
5. Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of this type of wine are aged in oak barrels and blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It has a distinct taste of green olives, black cherry and bell pepper. Grown in different parts of the world, it has helped popularized red wines in general.

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