Red Wine

Red Wines are normally classified by the type or variety of grape used in their making.

If only one variety of grape is used, the the wine is labeled varietal and named after the grape type with a capital inserted.

Quite often, more than one type of grape variety is used in a wine and the names of these would be included on the label.

Different varieties of grape bring their individual taste to a wine, and the art of the winemaker is to blend these different tastes to produce a pleasing result.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweetness:  Dry     Body:  Medium-Full

This is widely accepted as one of the world's best varieties that can produce long-lived wines of great subtlety. Cabernet Sauvignon is often aged in oak barrels before being bottled.

Red Wine GlassThis reduces the acerbic qualities of the wine and imparts flavors from the wood to bring about a meld of tastes and complexity in the final wine.

Cabernet sauvignon is rich in tannins. The grape produces a deep, full-bodied wine that delivers the taste of blackberry, black cherry, bell pepper, hints of wood, tobacco and leather.

Cabernet Suavignon is grown primarily in France, Australia, California, South Africa, Hungary and Chile.

Sangiovese or Chianti

Sweetness: Dry     Body:  Light-Medium

From Italy’s Tuscany region, this grape is famous for its full dry character and robust spiciness. Delivers the flavor of cherries, blackberries and plums. This wine has very distinctive flavors.


Sweetness:  Dry      Body:  Medium

Merlots offer the same full-bodied flavor as cabernet but delivers a softer balance of fruity and spicy flavors with a smooth, supple texture. It is less tannic than Cabernet Suavignon and typically does not require such long aging.

Pinot Noir

Sweetness:  Dry     Body:  Medium

Pinot Noir is recognized as one of the noblest varieties of red grape and the main ingredient of fine Burgundy wines, renowned for their delicate and complex flavors. The variety is not always easy to grow.

The taste of Pinot Noir has been described as being of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, or plums, with hints of leather and damp earth.

Pinot Noir offers a paler color and earthy aromas. This light perfumed red is not always immediately appreciated by newcomers to wine drinking.

Syrah (Shiraz)

Sweetness:  Dry     Body: Medium-Full

Dark, tannic wine that has a strong, bold fruit flavors of black and red berries and leaves a spicy softness that leaves a distinctive taste in your mouth.


Sweetness: Dry     Body: Light-Medium

This variety of grape seems to be grown almost exclusively in California. It is used to make red wines and also used to make rose or blush wines.

This grape variety produces a light or richer red, with berry flavors and a peppery hint.


Sweetness: Dry     Body: Light-Medium

The Barbera grape is another classic red wine producing variety from Italy. It is similar to Merlot is many respects and is a light wine suitable for everyday drinking.

It has a juicy, black cherry or plum flavor.

These varieties of red wine grapes are those we most frequently come across, and which make up the bulk of most of the red wine drunk today. Individually, or blended, they produce red wines ranging from light, easy-drinking styles to be consumed when young, to more robust complex wines which only give of their best after years in barrel or bottle allowing their flavors to develop.

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