List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Red Wine

Learn about red wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...

undefined, null

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.

Filter by
54 Items
54 Items
  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2013  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP99
    • JS98
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $488.99
    Try the
    488 99
    488 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Knights Bridge To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
    Knights Bridge To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • JS94
    • WS91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $149.99
    Try the
    175
    149 99
    Save $25.01 (14%)
  • Vina Vik La Piu Belle 2013  Front Label
    Vina Vik La Piu Belle 2013
    Other Red Blends from Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
    • WE92
    4.7 9 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
    Try the
    99 99
    99 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • WS92
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • WE90
    • D90
    3.8 18 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $39.99
    Try the
    46
    39 99
    Save $6.01 (13%)
  • Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2013  Front Label
    Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2013
    Sagrantino from Umbria, Italy
    • RP94
    • JS93
    • WE92
    • WS91
    4.7 6 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $124.99
    Try the
    124 99
    124 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2013  Front Label
    Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2013
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
    • WS92
    3.7 19 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    19 99
    19 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Ripe di Convento Riserva 2013  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Ripe di Convento Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • JS97
    • D94
    • WS93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $144.99
    Try the
    144 99
    144 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2013 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • WS93
    4.5 6 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $159.99
    Try the
    159 99
    159 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013  Front Label
    Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
    • RP93
    3.8 16 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $38.99
    Try the
    38 99
    38 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Boroli Barolo 2013  Front Label
    Boroli Barolo 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS92
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $57.99
    Try the
    78
    57 99
    Save $20.01 (26%)
  • Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2013  Front Label
    Vinos de Arganza Flavium Seleccion Mencia 2013
    Mencia from Bierzo, Spain
      3.5 28 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $10.99
      Try the
      19
      10 99
      Save $8.01 (42%)
    • Prunotto Bussia Barolo 2013  Front Label
      Prunotto Bussia Barolo 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
      • WS94
      • JS93
      • RP92
      • WE90
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $88.99
      Try the
      88 99
      88 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Foz De Arouce Tinto 2013 Front Label
      Foz De Arouce Tinto 2013
      Other Red Blends from Portugal
        4.3 5 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $20.99
        Try the
        20 99
        20 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
        Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        • JS94
        • V93
        • WE91
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $114.99
        Try the
        125
        114 99
        Save $10.01 (8%)
      • Zuccardi Finca Los Membrillos 2013 Front Label
        Zuccardi Finca Los Membrillos 2013
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS96
        • RP94
        • WS92
        4.6 9 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $124.99
        Try the
        124 99
        124 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Zorzal Piantao 2013  Front Label
        Zorzal Piantao 2013
        Cabernet Franc from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
        • RP93
        • JS92
        • WS90
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $88.99
        Try the
        88 99
        88 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Campo Viejo Gran Reserva 2013 Front Label
        Campo Viejo Gran Reserva 2013
        Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
          4.3 13 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $26.99
          Try the
          26 99
          26 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2013 Front Label
          Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2013
          Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
          • JS94
          • TP93
          • W&S93
          • WE92
          • RP92
          • WS91
          4.6 30 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $104.99
          Try the
          104 99
          104 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Finca Adalgisa Malbec 2013  Front Label
          Finca Adalgisa Malbec 2013
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • WE92
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $47.99
          Try the
          47 99
          47 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2013  Front Label
          Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2013
          Aglianico from Campania, Italy
          • JD94
          • RP93
          • JS91
          • W&S90
          4.3 19 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $44.99
          Try the
          55
          44 99
          Save $10.01 (18%)
        • CVNE Gran Reserva 2013  Front Label
          CVNE Gran Reserva 2013
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
          • JS92
          • RP91
          • W&S91
          • WS90
          4.5 13 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $43.99
          Try the
          43 99
          43 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013  Front Label
          Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
          • JS94
          • WS92
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $62.99
          Try the
          75
          62 99
          Save $12.01 (16%)
        • Marques de Grinon El Rincon Red Blend 2013 Front Label
          Marques de Grinon El Rincon Red Blend 2013
          Other Red Blends from Spain
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $19.99
            Try the
            25
            19 99
            Save $5.01 (20%)
          • CVNE Rioja Reserva 2013 Front Label
            CVNE Rioja Reserva 2013
            Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
            • JS92
            4.1 16 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $28.99
            Try the
            28 99
            28 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
            Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2013
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
            • WE95
            • RP93
            • JS90
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $74.99
            Try the
            74 99
            74 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

          Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
          Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

          It's easy to make the switch.
          Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

          Yes, Update Now
          Cheers to You!

          New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

          New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

          There was an error redeeming your code.

          *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 4/30/2021. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, Picked by Wine.com subscriptions, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

          Search for ""

          Processing Your Order...