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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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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1984  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1984
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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      Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Bottle Shot
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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    • Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
      Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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      • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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        Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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      • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
        Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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      • Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1984 Front Label
        Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1984
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
          Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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        • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1984 Front Label
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          • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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                • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1984 Front Label
                  Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 1984
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                • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 1984 Front Label
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                • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1984  Front Label
                  Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1984
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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                  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1984  Front Label
                    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1984
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 Front Label
                      Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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                    • Diamond Creek Lake Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
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                    • Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984  Front Label
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                      • Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1984  Front Label
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                        • Gaja Barbaresco 1984  Front Label
                          Gaja Barbaresco 1984
                          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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