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What are the types and styles of red wine?

Ranging in style from light and full of finesse to bold and structured, red wine is produced in almost every wine region of the world. Though there are about 35 varieties that contribute to the majority of red wine production, countless native varieties are important not only to local culture, but to the diversity of globally traded wine. Warmer, sunnier climates produce robust and concentrated wines while cooler regions, where long, even grape ripening and thus natural acidities create some of the world’s most elegant red wines.

How is red wine made?

To make red wine, the pressed grape juice is left in contact with its skins—a process called maceration—in order to draw out color, tannins and phenols (compounds responsible for the complex aromas and flavors in wine). Occurring before, during or after fermentation, whereby yeasts turn grape sugar into alcohol, longer macerations in general produce bolder red wines (with a point of diminishing returns). Red wines benefit from a resting period of a few months to a few years in wooden barrels (or other containers) before release to the market.

What gives red wine its color?

Red grape skins give color to the finished wine through the maceration process. In general, shorter time on skins results in lighter red tones; longer time gives deeper red tones. On top of that, each grape type has a unique hue. For example Nebbiolo is typically pale garnet, Merlot is often bright ruby and Syrah can be opaque purple.

How do you serve red wine?

The idea that red wine should be served at room temperature came about in ancient France when the indoor temperatures were likely to be about 60F. Chambre, for “room” in French, described a wine that had been brought to this “room temperature” from the cellar. Today if you don’t have the luxury of keeping your red wine in a proper cellar or wine refrigerator, a trick of the trade is to put the bottle you plan to serve in the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes to cool it down to about 55F to 60F for lighter bodied wines and to 60F to 65F for fuller bodied wines. As for drinking red wines, the best red wine glasses have a stem and a bowl large enough to allow swirling without spilling. Aromatic reds fare best in glasses with a wider bowl to allow full release of the bouquet.

How long does red wine last?

Opened, a bottle of red wine will stay fresh in a cool, dark environment for one to two days, maybe longer. Unopened, red wines stay good for one year to several decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning to strategically store red wine, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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  • Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier  Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 1983 Front Label
    Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 1983
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1983 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1983
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1983 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1983
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Opus One (corroded capsule) 1983 Front Label
      Opus One (corroded capsule) 1983
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Margaux  1983 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux 1983
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1983 Front Label
        Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1983
        Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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      • Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
          Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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          Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Haut-Brion  1983 Front Label
          Chateau Haut-Brion 1983
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
          Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
          Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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        • Caves Sao Joao Frei Joao Reserva Tinto 1983  Front Label
          Caves Sao Joao Frei Joao Reserva Tinto 1983
          Other Red Blends from Portugal
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          • Chateau La Fleur de Gay 1983
            Merlot from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
              Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Latour (bin soiled labels) 1983 Front Label
              Chateau Latour (bin soiled labels) 1983
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
              Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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            • Chateau Palmer  1983 Front Label
              Chateau Palmer 1983
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1983 Front Label
              Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1983
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Latour  1983 Front Label
              Chateau Latour 1983
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
              Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1983
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Dominus Estate 1983 Front Label
                  Dominus Estate 1983
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
                  Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1983 Front Label
                    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1983
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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