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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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    Harlan The Maiden 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Justin Isosceles 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Del Dotto Connoisseurs Series American Oak Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 1998  Front Label
      Del Dotto Connoisseurs Series American Oak Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
      Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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      • Del Dotto Connoisseurs Series French Slow Heavy Toast Cabernet Sauvignon 1998  Front Label
        Del Dotto Connoisseurs Series French Slow Heavy Toast Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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        • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
          Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          • David Arthur Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
            David Arthur Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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            • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
              Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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            • Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa First Growth 1998 Front Label
              Parker Coonawarra Terra Rossa First Growth 1998
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            • Caymus Zinfandel (bin soiled label) 1998
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              • Opus One  1998 Front Label
                Opus One 1998
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Penfolds Grange 1998 Front Label
                  Penfolds Grange 1998
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                • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1998 Front Label
                  Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1998 Front Label
                  Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1998 Front Label
                  Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998 Front Label
                  Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998
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                • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (stained labels) 1998 Front Label
                  d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (stained labels) 1998
                  Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                • Carruades de Lafite  1998 Front Label
                  Carruades de Lafite 1998
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                • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Wine Stained Label) 1998  Front Label
                  Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Wine Stained Label) 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Harlan Estate 1998  Front Label
                  Harlan Estate 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                • Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1998  Front Label
                  Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
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                • Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1998 Front Label
                  Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1998
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                • Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Front Label
                  Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                    Gallo of Sonoma Pinot Noir 1998
                    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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