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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines. How much does this matter?

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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  • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (Sine Qua Non) 2008  Front Label
    Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (Sine Qua Non) 2008
    Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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    G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2008
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 Front Label
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2008 Front Label
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  • Le Macchiole  2008 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2008 Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red 2008
    Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Next of Kyn Cumulus Vineyard No. 2 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008 Front Label
    Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
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  • La Massa Giorgio Primo 2008 Front Label
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  • Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008
    Other Red Blends from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    L'Aventure Estate Cuvee (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2008  Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Proprietary Red 2008
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  • Vina Cobos Cobos Corte uNico 2008 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Cobos Corte uNico 2008
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