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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 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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    Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 1991
    Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
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    • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991  Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (scuffed labels) 1991
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    • Dominus Estate 1991 Front Bottle Shot
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
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    • Opus One  1991 Front Label
      Opus One 1991
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
      Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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    • Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
      Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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      • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
        Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
        Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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      • Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991  Front Label
        Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1991
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          • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
            Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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            • Burgess Library Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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              • Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
                Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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              • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1991 Front Label
                Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1991
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
                Silver Oak Napa Valley Bonny's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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              • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
                Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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              • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991  Front Label
                Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
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                • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1991 Front Label
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                  • Harlan Estate 1991 Front Bottle Shot
                    Harlan Estate 1991
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 Front Label
                    Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Chateau Latour  1991 Front Label
                    Chateau Latour 1991
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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