THE FOUR TYPES OF RED WINE
- The best known red wine variety. It has a dark red color, it’s a little thick when you taste it – because of its higher concentration of alcohol and tannin, and it either tastes like dark fruit (if the grapes were grown in colder areas) or red fruit (if the grapes were grown in hotter climates).
- When should you order it? When eating red meats – like steaks, venison, pork ribs, mushrooms, or even pizza! Cabernet Sauvignon goes great for business meetings and other social gatherings.
- Remember! Because you don’t want the wine to lose its flavor, don’t pair it with chocolate.
- Not as hold as the Cabernet Sauvignon and with a smoother taste. Based on its provenance, we have “cold climate Merlot” and “hot climate Merlot”. There’s a difference.
- The taste of the cool climate Merlot is closer to that of the Cabernet Sauvignon, due to its higher amount of tannin. Its mostly grown in Europe, in countries such as Italy and France. Whereas the hot climate Merlot has a more fruity flavor, being less rich in tannin. This variety is mostly grown in California and Australia.
- When should you order it? When eating light meals, such as chicken, duck, or turkey. You can even pair it with darker, red meat, as long as its not spicy.
- Remember! You don’t want your Merlot to lose all its flavor, do you? If you don’t, then you shouldn’t mix it with spicy foods.
- Probably less known that the first two, most of the Malbec varieties come from Argentina and France. When you first taste a variety of Malbec, it will leave a sweet black fruit taste in your mouth. The color? One of the darkest reds. If you want to impress with some red wine knowledge, here’s a tip: most Malbec varieties have a very bright magenta rim after you pour them in a wine glass.
- When should you order a bottle of Malbec? Dark meat and light meat, such as beef, lamb, ostrich, duck, and maybe even chicken. It also goes great with vegetables and mushrooms.
- Second Tip: Try it with blue cheese as well!
- It has a strong fruity taste, that wares off rather quickly, leaving a sweet pepper-like aftertaste. Some American and Australian brands blend Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, in order to boost it’s fruity taste over a longer period of time. Think of Syrah as one of the darkest full-body wines on the market.
- What types of food does it go well with? Anything! Absolutely wonderful, isn’t it? Have a steak, have some pork ribs! Maybe have some friends over for some burgers or a barbecue. Don’t forget the fries.
- Remember! Because it’s a spicier wine, don’t forget to spice up your foods!