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
172 Items
172 Items
  • Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    • WE90
    4.1 128 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $15.99
    Try the
    20
    15 99
    Save $4.01 (20%)
  • Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    • TP93
    • WE92
    4.2 13 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $27.99
    Try the
    30
    27 99
    Save $2.01 (7%)
  • Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
      4.5 11 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $26.99
      Try the
      26 99
      26 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $28.99
        Try the
        28 99
        28 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Wente Sandstone Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
          4.1 21 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $17.99
          Try the
          20
          17 99
          Save $2.01 (10%)
        • Wente Merlot 1999
          Merlot from Central Coast, California
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $14.99
            Try the
            14 99
            14 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Wente Zinfandel Estate 1999
            Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $12.99
              Try the
              12 99
              12 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir 2000 Front Label
              Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir 2000
              Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
              • WE88
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Currently Unavailable $19.99
              Try the
              19 99
              19 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Wente Merlot 2004 Front Label
              Wente Merlot 2004
              Merlot from Central Coast, California
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $10.99
                Try the
                12 49
                10 99
                Save $1.50 (12%)
              • Wente Crane Ridge Merlot 1999
                Merlot from Central Coast, California
                • WE91
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $19.34
                Try the
                21 49
                19 34
                Save $2.15 (10%)
              • Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
                Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
                Cabernet Sauvignon from California
                • WE86
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Currently Unavailable $12.99
                Try the
                12 99
                12 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
                Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Currently Unavailable $9.99
                  Try the
                  9 99
                  9 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2006 Front Label
                  Wente Sandstone Merlot 2006
                  Merlot from Central Coast, California
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    Currently Unavailable $13.99
                    Try the
                    13 99
                    13 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Wente The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
                    Wente The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Currently Unavailable $129.99
                      Try the
                      129 99
                      129 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
                      Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                        Currently Unavailable $10.99
                        Try the
                        13 99
                        10 99
                        Save $3.00 (21%)
                      • Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Front Label
                        Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Currently Unavailable $10.98
                          Try the
                          14 28
                          10 98
                          Save $3.31 (23%)
                        • Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
                          Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                            Currently Unavailable $25.98
                            Try the
                            30
                            25 98
                            Save $4.02 (13%)
                          • Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                            Wente Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                            • TP95
                            • WE91
                            4.2 111 Ratings
                            Currently Unavailable $25.99
                            Try the
                            30
                            25 99
                            Save $4.01 (13%)
                          • Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
                            Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                            • WE91
                            4.1 6 Ratings
                            Currently Unavailable $24.99
                            Try the
                            30
                            24 99
                            Save $5.01 (17%)
                          • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2010 Front Label
                            Wente Sandstone Merlot 2010
                            Merlot from Central Coast, California
                              4.0 5 Ratings
                              Currently Unavailable $14.99
                              Try the
                              18
                              14 99
                              Save $3.01 (17%)
                            • Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Front Label
                              Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                Currently Unavailable $14.99
                                Try the
                                14 99
                                14 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              • Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005 Front Label
                                Wente Sandstone Merlot 2005
                                Merlot from Central Coast, California
                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                  Currently Unavailable $14.99
                                  Try the
                                  14 99
                                  14 99
                                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                                • Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
                                  Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
                                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
                                  • WE91
                                  4.2 14 Ratings
                                  Currently Unavailable $26.99
                                  Try the
                                  30
                                  26 99
                                  Save $3.01 (10%)
                                • Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
                                  Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir 2014
                                  Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
                                    4.2 5 Ratings
                                    Currently Unavailable $19.99
                                    Try the
                                    30
                                    19 99
                                    Save $10.01 (33%)
                                  • Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Front Label
                                    Wente Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
                                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                      Currently Unavailable $10.99
                                      Try the
                                      14 99
                                      10 99
                                      Save $4.00 (27%)
                                    Sorry, we couldn't find any matches for wente.

                                    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 1/31/2021. 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 "wente"

                                    Processing Your Order...