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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 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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  • Cesari Il Bosco Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    Chateau Musar Lebanon Rouge 2015
    Other Red Blends from Lebanon
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      Other Red Blends from Chile
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      Tedeschi Marne 180 Amarone della Valpolicella 2015
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Cesari Jema 2015  Front Label
        Cesari Jema 2015
        Other Red Blends from Verona, Veneto, Italy
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        Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
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        • I Custodi Aetneus Etna Rosso  2015  Front Label
          I Custodi Aetneus Etna Rosso 2015
          Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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          • Dona Maria Grande Reserva Tinto 2015  Front Label
            Dona Maria Grande Reserva Tinto 2015
            Other Red Blends from Alentejo, Portugal
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          • Covenant Neshama Proprietary Red (OU Kosher) 2015 Front Label
            Covenant Neshama Proprietary Red (OU Kosher) 2015
            Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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          • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2015  Front Label
            Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2015
            Other Red Blends from South Africa
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            • Umani Ronchi Pelago 2015  Front Label
              Umani Ronchi Pelago 2015
              Other Red Blends from Marche, Italy
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