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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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  • Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003  Front Label
    Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2003
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
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    • Torbreck Les Amis Grenache 2003  Front Label
      Torbreck Les Amis Grenache 2003
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    • Torbreck RunRig (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
      Torbreck RunRig (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
      Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    • Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2003 Front Label
      Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2003
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    • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003  Front Label
      Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee 2003 Front Label
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        Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
        Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2003 Front Label
        Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne Riserva 2003  Front Label
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        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Heritage School Vineyards Treva's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (formerly Harris Estate) 2003  Front Label
          Heritage School Vineyards Treva's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (formerly Harris Estate) 2003
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Benjamin Romeo La Vina de Andres Romeo 2003  Front Label
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        • Chateau Leoville Barton  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Margaux (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
          Chateau Margaux (scuffed label) 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Opus One  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2003 Front Label
          Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          Joseph Phelps Insignia 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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        • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003 Front Label
          Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2003
          Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2003
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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