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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 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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    • Chateau La Tour Haut Brion  1983 Front Label
      Chateau La Tour Haut Brion 1983
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Canon 1983
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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          • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1983 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1983
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1983 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1983
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Ausone  1983 Front Label
            Chateau Ausone 1983
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Sebastiani Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (6 Liter) 1983
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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            • Chateau Petrus  1983 Front Bottle Shot
              Chateau Petrus 1983
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, 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 L'Evangile 1983
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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                • Berberana Gran Reserva 1983 Front Label
                  Berberana Gran Reserva 1983
                  Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
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                  • Borgogno Barolo 1983  Front Label
                    Borgogno Barolo 1983
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva 1983 Front Label
                      Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva 1983
                      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983  Front Label
                        Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Gaja Barbaresco 1983  Front Label
                        Gaja Barbaresco 1983
                        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1983  Front Label
                          Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1983
                          Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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                          • Pio Cesare Barolo 1983  Front Label
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                            • Lupe-Cholet Nuits-Saint-Georges 1983 Front Label
                              Lupe-Cholet Nuits-Saint-Georges 1983
                              Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                              • Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1983  Front Label
                                Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
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                                • Chateau Latour  1983 Front Label
                                  Chateau Latour 1983
                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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