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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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  • Opus One  1995 Front Label
    Opus One 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      Chateau Margaux (stained labels) 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5 1995
      Other Red Blends from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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        • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Front Label
          Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
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          Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained lablel) 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
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          Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          Dominus Estate 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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          Chateau Haut-Brion (scuffed labels) 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995  Front Label
          Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
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          Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
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        • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1995 Front Label
          Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon (torn label) 1995
          Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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          Chateau Petrus 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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          Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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