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
120 Items
120 Items
  • Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • WE100
    • D97
    • WS95
    4.2 24 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $249.99
    Try the
    249 99
    249 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
    Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
    • JS97
    • V96
    • JD96
    • WS95
    • TP94
    • W&S92
    4.0 98 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $129.97
    Try the
    129 97
    129 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2014  Front Label
    CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • V94
    • WS93
    • WE92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $89.99
    Try the
    89 99
    89 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Era Costana Reserva 2014  Front Label
    Era Costana Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
    • JS90
    4.0 35 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $13.99
    Try the
    20
    13 99
    Save $6.01 (30%)
  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2014 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • JS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $59.99
    Try the
    65
    59 99
    Save $5.01 (8%)
  • Immortal Estate Impassable Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Immortal Estate Impassable Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
    • JD99
    • RP98
    • WW98
    4.7 6 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $299.99
    Try the 2015 Vintage 299
    299 99
    299 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2014  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Gran Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
    • JS96
    • D96
    • RP90
    4.1 23 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $49.99
    Try the
    49 99
    49 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • JS91
    • WS90
    4.8 9 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $32.99
    Try the
    32 99
    32 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2014  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $118.99
      Try the
      118 99
      118 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2014  Front Label
      Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2014
      Other Red Blends from Italy
      • JS96
      • RP94
      • WS91
      4.8 6 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $65.99
      Try the
      70
      65 99
      Save $4.01 (6%)
    • Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
      Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
      • JS91
      • WS91
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $74.99
      Try the
      80
      74 99
      Save $5.01 (6%)
    • Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
      Silverado SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
      • D93
      • JS92
      • WW92
      • W&S90
      4.8 10 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $128.99
      Try the
      128 99
      128 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Chateau Greysac  2014 Front Label
      Chateau Greysac 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
      • WE91
      • JS90
      3.3 15 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $19.99
      Try the
      25
      19 99
      Save $5.01 (20%)
    • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2014  Front Label
      Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2014
      Other Red Blends from South Africa
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $24.99
        Try the
        24 99
        24 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014  Front Label
        Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Proprietary Red 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $84.99
          Try the
          84 99
          84 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2014 Front Label
          Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2014
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
          • V93
          • D91
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $94.99
          Try the
          94 99
          94 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
          Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
          • WW93
          • RP92
          • WE92
          4.1 49 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $37.99
          Try the
          45
          37 99
          Save $7.01 (16%)
        • MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
          MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • JS91
          • WE91
          • RP90
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $47.99
          Try the
          58
          47 99
          Save $10.01 (17%)
        • Petra Toscana Rosso 2014  Front Label
          Petra Toscana Rosso 2014
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
          • WS91
          4.9 19 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $63.99
          Try the
          90
          63 99
          Save $26.01 (29%)
        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny 2014  Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny 2014
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
          • JS92
          • WS91
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $59.99
          Try the
          65
          59 99
          Save $5.01 (8%)
        • Eguren Ugarte Reserva 2014  Front Label
          Eguren Ugarte Reserva 2014
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
          • WE90
          4.8 14 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $17.99
          Try the
          17 99
          17 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014 Front Label
          Bodegas Avancia Valdeorras Mencia 2014
          Mencia from Valdeorras, Spain
          • WS91
          • WE90
          4.8 6 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $38.99
          Try the
          45
          38 99
          Save $6.01 (13%)
        • Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Reserva Finca Martelo 2014  Front Label
          Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Reserva Finca Martelo 2014
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
          • RP94
          • TA94
          • WS92
          • V92
          • JS91
          4.2 58 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $45.99
          Try the
          45 99
          45 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Carlos Serres Reserva 2014  Front Label
          Carlos Serres Reserva 2014
          Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
          • V89
          3.9 15 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $20.99
          Try the
          20 99
          20 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014 Front Label
          Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
          • RP95
          • W&S95
          • JS94
          • WS93
          • WE92
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $99.99
          Try the
          108
          99 99
          Save $8.01 (7%)
        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 5/31/2021. 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 ""

        $20 off your first Picked box. Code 20PICK

        $20 off your first box. Code 20PICK

        There was an error redeeming your code.

        *Subscription must have occurred in the past. See Picked ToS for information about Picked

        Processing Your Order...