Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet
and Pinot Noir
- or even Nebbiolo
. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques.
Our "other red wines" primarily consists of a multitude of different blends, such as
Argentina blends - Malbec-based blends, often with Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah
Australian blends - Usually Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blends
Tuscan blends - Super Tuscans are often blends of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or others.
Excellent and interesting blends in this category, however, come from just about everywhere, including Portugal, South Africa and Greece.
Some of the red single varietals you'll find in our other red wine category include:
Carignan, a Spanish grape found in Spain (under the name Cariñena) and in many of the blends in the Rhone and Languedoc-Rousillon
Aglianico, a varietal from Southern Italy that makes some big and bold reds.
Montelpulciano d'Abruzzo, which is the grape Montelpulciano, from Abruzzo. A very easy-drinking wine from Central Italy.