Red Wine Kinds: Types of Grapes
There are a lot of red grape types, and the red wine you can make with these varies in taste. Throughout this post we are going to go over some grape varieties like Zinfandel, Cabernet, Syrah and more!
We are going to approach these red grape types by the area they are produced in as well as their variety.
Varietal wines are wines made by one variety only, such as sauvignon or merlot, and they only have this grape type on their label.
Syrah – Shiraz:
Syrah is a wine type that can pair well with a lot of different food, but it mainly excels with stews, beef, steak and game.
This grape is best produced in Australia, California and France.
With blackcurrant notes and roasting meat and black pepper overtone, it produces a wine that will hook you with its engaging tannins.
If you ever drink Syrah and you notice a hint of toffee, then you can safely assume it was aged in oak barrels.
Dark, intense and deep are some of the adjectives that best describe Syrah or Shiraz wines.
If you want to taste a great Syrah, then check this.
Soft and easy to drink, this is a wine that pairs well with a surprising amount of dishes. Pairing with almost everything, people consider it the best introduction to the world of red wines.
Romania, Washington State, Chile, Australia and Italy produce this wine in an excellent way, but this grape type is one of the most common worldwide.
As far as tasting is concerned, you can note herbal scents and blackberry aromas with this variety.
Less tannic than other grape types like Sauvignon, it has a round texture that will keep you coming back for more.
Here’s our suggestion for a good Merlot wine.
Wine lovers just love Cabernet Sauvignon, which they often mix with Merlot or Cabernet Franc. If you are having a red meat dish, then this red wine type is always a good choice.
Usually aged in oak barrels, it makes some great wines in Australia, France, Chile and California. It is gripping when young, but even better as a full-bodied aged vintage.
As the Cabernet Sauvignon ages, it acquires some new taste notes, such as a pencil box aroma and bell pepper touches.
It is rich and reviewers always tend to give it a good score when the wine is properly made. If you’re curious to taste this wine yourself, try a bottle of this.
If you’re going to eat an elegant piece of meat like Foie Gras, you can definitely trust a Malbec wine to pair well with your meal.
Malbec is best known as a French Bordeaux wine, being known as pressac and médoc noir. It is also a very popular red wine grape in Argentina, but it is also cultivated in Australia, Chile and in the breezy areas of California.
Malbec is one of the red wine grape kinds that changes the most according to how it was grown, where it was grown and how it was transformed into wine as well.
It is a fruity wine with notes of spice, plums and berries, going down well as it is easy to sip.
Malbec is a good blending variety, especially if you’ll blend it with the likes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc.
Here’s our suggestion for a good Malbec.
Pinot Noir is a noble grape kind that is rarely mixed with other red grapes and presents no roughness whatsoever.
It is the best wine to pair with Sushi and works well with grilled Salmon as well as chicken or lamb.
Hailing from Burgundy, it is also grown in New Zealand, California, Oregon and Austria with great success.
A fresh and delicate wine with soft tannins, it has a low level of polyphenols and has notes of damp earth, cherry, strawberry, tea-leaf and worn leather.
However, Pinot Noir makes such a diversity of great red wines it is hard for us to truly describe its personality, so we’ll just leave you with a recommendation.
Zinfandel is a versatile grape that makes from heavy reds to blush wine. It pairs with spaghetti a la Bolognese and barbecues.
This wine is also called Primitivo in Italy, and that’s where it is mainly found.
A good wine with pepper and berry notes.
If you’re having Mediterranean dishes or going for a dinner of Italian Cuisine, then Sangiovese is a good option.
From Tuscany, its texture is medium-body and you can enjoy its varietal plum taste… maybe with Pizza!
Barbera is a similar wine to Merlot, but isn’t quite as popular.
Also versatile and good for blended wines, it pairs well with tomato sauce and comes from Italy, now also being cultivated with success in California.
It has a juicy silky texture, with black cherry notes and a good acidity level.
Here’s a wine you can buy to taste it yourself.