Other Red Blends
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from ...
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 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.
- Pinot Noir1799
- Cabernet Sauvignon1600
- Other Red Blends1216
- Bordeaux Red Blends1029
- Rhône Blends517
- Other Red Wine218
- Petite Sirah129
- Cabernet Franc120
- Tuscan Blends65
- Nero d'Avola28
- Petit Verdot13
- St. Laurent5
- Nerello Mascalese3
- Pinot Meunier2
- Touriga Nacional1
- Alicante Bouschet1
Pillar Box Padthaway Red 2006Other Red Blends from Padthaway, South Australia, Australia
Escoces Volante Manga Del Brujo 2006Other Red Blends from Spain
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Ridge Geyserville (375ML half-bottle) 2006Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
Guelbenzu Red 2006Other Red Blends from Spain
Pietro Beconcini Toscana Rosso Maurleo 2006Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Celler del Roure Les Alcusses 2006Other Red Blends from Spain
Lamborghini Campoleone 2006Other Red Blends from Italy
Lidio Carraro Quorum 2006Other Red Blends from Brazil
BenMarco Expresivo 2006Other Red Blends from Argentina
Chateau Peyros Madiran Tannat-Cabernet 2006Other Red Blends from France
Marquis Philips Sarah's Blend 2006Other Red Blends from Australia
Baugier Thunevin Cotes du Roussillon 2006Other Red Blends from Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
Vall Llach Priorat 2006Other Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
Storybook Mountain Antaeus 2006Other Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Tin Roof Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Other Red Blends from California
Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2006Other Red Blends from France
Pago Casa del Blanco Merlot-Tempranillo-Petite Verdot 2006Other Red Blends from Spain