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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 1986  Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1986
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1986 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  1986 Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Brion 1986
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Clerc Milon  1986 Front Label
      Chateau Clerc Milon 1986
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • RP90
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    • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
      Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
      Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Dominus Estate 1986 Front Bottle Shot
      Dominus Estate 1986
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Ausone (bin soiled label) 1986 Front Label
      Chateau Ausone (bin soiled label) 1986
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1986 Front Label
        Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Margaux  1986  Front Label
        Chateau Margaux 1986
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
        Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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      • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986 Front Label
        Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum - no label) 1986
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
          Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1986 Front Label
          Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
          Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Gaja Sori Tildin 1986 Front Label
          Gaja Sori Tildin 1986
          Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Chateau Beychevelle  1986 Front Label
          Chateau Beychevelle 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • RP92
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        • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1986  Front Label
          Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1986
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          • Louis Martini Petite Syrah 1986
            Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California
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            • Inglenook Reunion Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
              Inglenook Reunion Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
              Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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              • Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1986  Front Label
                  Chateau Cheval Blanc 1986
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Kenwood Sonoma County Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 Front Label
                      Kenwood Sonoma County Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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