If you are getting your feet – or more appropriately, your lips – wet in the wine world with red wine, you should know what you are getting into. This means knowing the different varieties of red wine out there. Here a few you should know:
- Pinot noir. A good place to start with regards to red wine, pinot noir boasts a light to moderate body with a sweet aroma akin to cherries, strawberries, etc. Its tannins are soft which makes it a great entry-level wine but it is still complex enough to satisfy the palettes of veteran drinkers. Pinot noir pairs well with salmon, poultry, and other types of meats. This red wine comes from France, California, Oregon, New Zealand, and Austria.
- Merlot. Another great choice for beginning wine drinkers, merlot can be described as soft and medium-bodied. Its fruity flavors pairs well with a variety of foods including pastas and salads. Merlot grapes can be found growing in California, Italy, Washington State, Chile, and Australia.
- Syrah (Shiraz). These grapes are grown in Australia, France’s Rhone Valley, South Africa, and California. Its flavor combines the seemingly clashing but pleasing tastes of spices and fruits. Its tannins are very noticeable and pairs quite well with meats like steak and wild game.
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