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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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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1980 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1980 Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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    • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1980 Front Label
      Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
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      • Opus One (3 Liter) 1980 Front Label
        Opus One (3 Liter) 1980
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        • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum - corroded capsule) 1980 Front Label
          Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum - corroded capsule) 1980
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1980
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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            • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1980
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            • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 1980 Front Label
              R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 1980
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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              • Bertani Amarone Classico 1980 Front Label
                Bertani Amarone Classico 1980
                Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                • Opus One (corroded capsules) 1980 Front Label
                  Opus One (corroded capsules) 1980
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1980 Front Label
                    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1980
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                    • Burgess Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1980
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                      • Opus One  1980 Front Label
                        Opus One 1980
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                      • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1980 Front Label
                        Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
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                        • Chateau Pavie  1980 Front Label
                          Chateau Pavie 1980
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                          • Gaja Barbaresco 1980  Front Label
                            Gaja Barbaresco 1980
                            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1980  Front Label
                              Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
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                              • Mas Amiel Millesime 1980 Front Label
                                Mas Amiel Millesime 1980
                                Grenache from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                                  Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                                  • Pio Cesare Barolo 1980  Front Label
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                                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                                    • Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1980  Front Label
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                                      • Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva 1980 Front Label
                                        Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva 1980
                                        Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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                                        • Borgogno Barolo 1980  Front Label
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                                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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