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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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  • Dominus Estate (stained labels) 1992 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (stained labels) 1992
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1992  Front Label
    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1992 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Beringer Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1992 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1992
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Bottle Shot
      Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1992 Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1992
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    • Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
      Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
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      • Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (inaugural vintage) 1992 Front Bottle Shot
        Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (inaugural vintage) 1992
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • La Motte Estate 1992
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Ridge Monte Bello 1992 Front Label
          Ridge Monte Bello 1992
          Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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        • Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
          Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
          Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • V. Sattui Julian Schwinger Reserve Stock Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
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          • Opus One  1992 Front Label
            Opus One 1992
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
            Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
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            • Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
              Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
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              • Ridge York Creek Petite Sirah 1992 Front Label
                Ridge York Creek Petite Sirah 1992
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                • Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Front Label
                  Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1992
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                  • Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1992 Front Label
                    Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1992
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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