Types of Red Wine

Red wine is probably the most well-known and most popular type of wine available. Not only is it is consumed for its great taste but red wines have been proven to have a good effect on personal health by reducing bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol and reducing your risk of blood clots. There are many different types of red wines sold today making choosing a good wine a little difficult for the inexperienced wine drinker.

Below are 7 of the top favorite red wine types along with a brief description of each:

Merlot – Merlot is rated as a medium-bodied wine that is recommended for anyone that is new to consuming wine. It originated from the Bordeaux region located in France and is an excellent choice as a dinner wine especially when served with red meat, pork pasta, and poultry.

Barolo – Barolo wines are considered to be a very aromatic wine that should be chilled to 60 degrees and served grilled meats. They have a deep red color and a thick flavor. Many people compare to the aroma to roses and violets.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet Sauvignon is considered a medium to full-bodied wine that has high tannin content. It is found widely in many of the California wineries although it was originally made in Bordeaux. This wine is excellent when served with lamb, red meats, dark chocolates, and strong-flavored cheeses.

Beaujolais Nouveau – Beaujolais Nouveau wines should be served with cheeses, pasta, grilled meats, and salads and should be chilled to a cool 55 degrees. It is considered a young but light and fruity wine with nearly no tannins.

Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Franc is a fruit wine that has very low levels of tannin. It is best served when chilled around 62 degrees and is excellent when served with pasta and poultry.

Sangiovese – Sangiovese is a medium soft to firm wine with medium-high acidity content. It should be served with pork, red meat, chicken, lamb, pasta, fish and cheeses that have been well-aged.

Malbec – Malbec is a full-bodied wine that when served at approximately 62 degrees it goes perfectly with Mexican, Indian, Cajun, and Italian foods and also red meat. Malbec is growing in popularity with wine lovers everywhere.

These are just a few of the top red wines available today, there are many more on the market that can be purchased in a wide variety of prices. If you want to experiment with the different types of red wines available one of the best ways is by participating in wine tasting events. This allows you to try out a variety of wines in a fun and exciting environment.

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