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Appreciating the Various Types of Red Wine

Red wine comes from the pulp or must of red or black grapes. Fermentation occurs along with the grape skins, giving this type of wine its particular color. White wine, on the other hand, is made from fermenting juice which comes from pressing crushed grapes to produce a juice. If you are one of those who enjoy a glass of red wine every now and then, perhaps it’s only right for you to know the different types of red wine and the foods that they can be paired with.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most planted grape. It is safe for consumption yet it is also sophisticated. It can go well with just about any food. California Cabs are fruitier while French Cabs are more herbal. You can drink this wine with any meat particularly if it is fatty. Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine to go with a short rib, burger, or lamb.


It’s probably because of how this wine was marketed in the 1990s, the Zinfandel is often associated with moms. What makes this wine interesting is that its taste can vary according to where this is grown. Its taste is usually nice and it is high in alcohol content. You can describe it as being like juicy and spicy strawberries. You can take this with pizza, pasta dishes, and pork ribs.


The world’s second most planted grape is merlot. This red wine is the best wine for a beginner in drinking red wines. It’s easy to drink since it has a fruity and delectable taste. Merlot won’t make your lips pucker because of the tannins. You can drink this with duck, chicken, and poultry.


Malbec comes from France. However, the majority of today’s Malbec come from Argentina. This wine is also easy to drink. It has a deep purple hue with flavors of cherry and plum, which gives you a hint of smoke in the end. This wine is a crowd pleaser and it goes well with lean meat such as flank steak and spicy food like a Mexican or Indian dish.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the lightest and most delicate wines with such color. Pinot Noir is not as strong as other red wines. It comes with a light body and it leaves a silky feeling to the tongue. This can give you the taste of bright berries such as a cranberry or raspberry. It can be paired with sushi or salmon. For those who don’t know. Yes, red wine can be paired well with fish.


Nebbiolo comes with strong tannins and lots of acids. This is a tricky wine. It is light-colored yet it comes smashing you with strong flavors. This comes from Northern Italy. This wine gets more interesting and complex as the wine ages.

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