List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Red Wine

Learn about red wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...

undefined, null

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.

Filter by
3,207 Items
3,207 Items
Gift Type
Occasion
Variety
Rating & Price
Rating All
Price All
Standard (750ml)
3,207 Items
  • Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Label
    Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $79.97
      Try the
      79 97
      79 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1999  Front Label
      Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1999
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
      • V97
      • BH96
      • WS93
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $999.97
      Try the
      999 97
      999 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Justin Isosceles 1999 Front Label
      Justin Isosceles 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WE92
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $69.97
      Try the 2017 Vintage 84 99
      69 97
      69 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Opus One  1999 Front Label
      Opus One 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • WS93
      4.0 5 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $419.97
      Try the
      419 97
      419 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 1999  Front Label
      Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      • WS94
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $56.69
      Try the 2016 Vintage 134 99
      62 99
      56 69
      Save $6.30 (10%)
    • Quintessa  1999 Front Label
      Quintessa 1999
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
      • WE93
      • WS91
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $139.97
      Try the 2017 Vintage 184 99
      139 97
      139 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 1999  Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 1999
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • RP95
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $139.00
      Try the
      139
      139
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Pahlmeyer Merlot 1999  Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Merlot 1999
      Merlot from Napa Valley, California
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $74.97
        Try the
        74 97
        74 97
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1999  Front Label
        Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1999
        Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
        • RP92
        • WS91
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $99.99
        Try the
        99 99
        99 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Sineann Merlot 1999 Front Label
        Sineann Merlot 1999
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $26.49
          Try the
          28 49
          26 49
          Save $2.00 (7%)
        • Sineann Old Vine Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
          Sineann Old Vine Zinfandel 1999
          Zinfandel from Columbia Valley, Washington
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $29.99
            Try the
            33 49
            29 99
            Save $3.50 (10%)
          • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1999  Front Bottle Shot
            Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (bin soiled label) 1999
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
            • WS95
            • RP90
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $229.97
            Try the
            229 97
            229 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999 Front Label
            Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
            • WS95
            • RP90
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $85.97
            Try the
            85 97
            85 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1999 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
            • RP93
            • WS92
            • JS92
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $777.97
            Try the
            777 97
            777 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1999 Front Label
            Chateau Lynch-Bages 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
            • RP90
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $189.97
            Try the 2010 Vintage 214 99
            189 97
            189 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Black Opal Cabernet/Merlot 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Australia
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $12.99
              Try the
              12 99
              12 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red 1999 Front Label
              Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • WE93
              • RP92
              • WS92
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $129.97
              Try the
              129 97
              129 97
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Verite La Joie 1999 Front Label
              Verite La Joie 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
              • RP95
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $249.97
              Try the 2014 Vintage 378 98
              249 97
              249 97
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Harlan Estate 1999 Front Label
              Harlan Estate 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
              • WE96
              • WS95
              • RP94
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $779.00
              Try the
              779
              779
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Verite La Muse 1999 Front Label
              Verite La Muse 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
              • RP96
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $279.97
              Try the 2017 Vintage 399 99
              279 97
              279 97
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
              Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $159.97
                Try the 2016 Vintage 129 99
                159 97
                159 97
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
                Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
                • RP95
                • WS94
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $159.00
                Try the 2016 Vintage 165
                159
                159
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1999 Front Label
                Joseph Phelps Insignia 1999
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
                • WS94
                • RP91
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $229.97
                Try the 2016 Vintage 249 99
                229 97
                229 97
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
                Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                • WS93
                • WE92
                • RP90
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $135.97
                Try the 2017 Vintage 129 99
                135 97
                135 97
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
                Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                • WS93
                • WE91
                4.1 6 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $99.97
                Try the 2016 Vintage 165
                99 97
                99 97
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

              Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
              Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

              It's easy to make the switch.
              Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

              Yes, Update Now
              Cheers to You!

              New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

              New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

              There was an error redeeming your code.

              *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 7/31/2021. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, Picked by Wine.com subscriptions, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

              Search for ""

              $20 off your first Picked box. Code 20PICK

              $20 off your first box. Code 20PICK

              There was an error redeeming your code.

              *Offer only valid for first-time Picked subscribers. The $20 discount applies to the first 6-bottle shipment of your Picked subscription and excludes tax and shipping. Offer may not be combined with any other promotion or used with any other discounts on Wine.com. Wine.com has the right to end or modify any offer at any time. Additional restrictions may apply, see terms and conditions for more details. Offer subject to state law limitations.

              Processing Your Order...