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Red Wines for Beginners

Getting started with red wine doesn't have to be difficult. We've put together this guide to help you get started with red wine! Never be too shy to ask about red wine for we have just the answers to your red wine questions. Coming with the basics, to styles, varietals–Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Tempranillo, and Garnacha, and up to some food you can pair them with. Especially for the cold weather, red wine would just be perfect!

If you’re doing some research about red wine, chances are you’ve had an experience with it even just one encounter. But for those who are novel about wine drinking, you might be wondering what there is to know. Before we go any further, we can start with the basics–red wine is basically made by pressing the juice of dark grapes, which gives it its character that can range from purple, to ruby, and yellow. All types of wine differ depending on the type of grape used and the wine region where it was cultivated and produced. 

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine. This wine lies at the top of the red varietals since it has the thickest and most flavourful sips that will surely coat most of the mouth and stay there for some time. Wine experts consider describing cabernet sauvignon’s body as gravelly, rich, and deep. It can be enjoyed with a mushroom-topped pizza. 

Shiraz

Shiraz wines are widely known for their rich and juicy mid-palate. The flavours of red fruit and spices are most expected when drinking this type of wine. It can ve enjoyed with a peppercorn steak or any other flavoursome red meats.

Tempranillo

While the body does not get as rich as that of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo is also very complex on its own. With layers of flavours from start to finish, it sure sits on the top of the varietals that you should first try. Aged Tempranillo wines pair nicely with steak, gourmet burgers and rack of lamb. Fresher styles match well with baked pasta and other tomato-based dishes. 

Garnacha

Garnacha wine, having a higher alcohol content, has a medium-bodied taste. Given this, its profile accentuates with ripe red fruit that is made to be more bold by the spicy notes of cinnamon and the taste of soft floral bouquet. Garnacha is made in a variety of styles, including dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wine that can be enjoyed with pork cutlets and the likes.

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