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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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  • Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1983 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1983
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    • Chateau L'Evangile 1983
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Canon 1983
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, 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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          • Chateau La Fleur de Gay 1983
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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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            • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
              Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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            • Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
              Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
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              • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) OWC 1983 Front Label
                Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) OWC 1983
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Heitz Cellar Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
                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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                • Opus One (corroded capsules) 1983 Front Label
                  Opus One (corroded capsules) 1983
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Masi Classico Amarone 1983 Front Label
                    Masi Classico Amarone 1983
                    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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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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                    • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1983 Front Label
                      Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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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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                    • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1983 Front Label
                      Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1983
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Chateau Latour  1983 Front Label
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                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1983 Front Label
                      Chateau Gruaud Larose 1983
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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