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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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    Tikal Patriota 2005
    Other Red Blends from Argentina
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  • Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda 2005 Front Label
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  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2005 Front Label
    Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2005
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2005 Front Label
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  • Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005 Front Label
    Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005
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  • Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva 2005 Front Label
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  • Recchia Ca' Bertoldi Amarone 2005 Front Label
    Recchia Ca' Bertoldi Amarone 2005
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  • Ridge Three Valleys Red 2005 Front Label
    Ridge Three Valleys Red 2005
    Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2005 Front Label
    Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserva Old Vines 2005
    Other Red Blends from Portugal
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  • Pirouette  2005 Front Label
    Pirouette 2005
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sogrape Dao Callabriga 2005 Front Label
    Sogrape Dao Callabriga 2005
    Other Red Blends from Portugal
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  • Vall Llach Embruix 2005 Front Label
    Vall Llach Embruix 2005
    Other Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
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  • Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2005
    Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Yalumba Hand Picked Tempranillo Grenache Viognier (TGV) 2005 Front Label
    Yalumba Hand Picked Tempranillo Grenache Viognier (TGV) 2005
    Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2005 Front Label
    Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2005
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  • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Emiliana Coyam (Certified Biodynamic) 2005 Front Label
    Emiliana Coyam (Certified Biodynamic) 2005
    Other Red Blends from Chile
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  • BenMarco Expresivo 2005 Front Label
    BenMarco Expresivo 2005
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  • Linne Calodo Problem Child Red Blend 2005 Front Label
    Linne Calodo Problem Child Red Blend 2005
    Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone (torn label) 2005 Front Label
    Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone (torn label) 2005
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • DeLille Doyenne Aix 2005 Front Label
    DeLille Doyenne Aix 2005
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  • Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone 2005 Front Label
    Michele Castellani Cinque Stelle Amarone 2005
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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 2005 Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 2005
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  • Benjamin Romeo La Vina de Andres Romeo 2005  Front Label
    Benjamin Romeo La Vina de Andres Romeo 2005
    Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
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  • Green Point Cabernet/Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Green Point Cabernet/Shiraz 2005
    Other Red Blends from Australia
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