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Feeling like a nice glass of red? You’ll have zero problems finding the right bottle for the right price at Empire Wine. Red grapes produce an incredible diversity of red wine types and styles. From light-bodied to full-bodied, dry to sweet, fruity to earthy, subtle to bold. Where the grapes come from, what grape variety it is, and what the winemaker does with them are key elements that shape each type of wine.


There are two key differences between red wine and its white counterpart.


Red grapes tend to have thick colored skins that give both a wide range of color hues, aromas, and flavors. Compare this to white wine where the skins of the grapes are discarded instead of used in the winemaking process.


Another difference is tannins, a bitter compound that finds its way into the wine through the skin of the grapes, seeds, and oak barrels. Tannins contribute to a wine’s astringency and mouth-feel characteristics. Red wine generally has a far higher count of tannins than white wine.


Did you Know? Big bold and well-structured wines, make a fantastic pairing with red meat. Tannins interplay with the meat protein, softening the fat, cleansing your palate, and making a simply delicious combination.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Red Wine

Where is Red Wine Made?


Cool climate regions tend to produce some of the best light to medium-bodied reds:



Grapes grown in warm climates tend to produce riper, fuller-bodied reds:



What are the top red grape varieties?


The top red wine varietals that you are most likely to encounter are:



How do I pair red wine?


As there is a massive diversity around red wine styles and structure, choosing the ideal combination for the dinner table requires some extra thought. Red wine, in general, supports strong flavors since they tend to have a firmer and more complex structure than typical white and rosé wines. Steak and Cabernet, Shiraz or Malbec is the tried and true pairing, fuller-bodied red wines in general pair well with denser, more substantial food.


Lighter-bodied reds, often showing higher acidity, pair well with roasted chicken, duck, and vegetable dishes. A harmonious and delicious paring comes from matching the weight of the wine with the richness of the food.


Don’t forget the old adage, “what grows together, goes together,”! As a rule of thumb, a region’s wine will pairs perfectly with the food and lifestyle of the area. The tomato sauce so present in Italian dishes pairs amazingly with the high-acid red wines from Chianti, and regional consistency is the reason why.


What are the best light-bodied reds?


Pinot Noir is the king of light red, producing a full range style from Burgundy Classics to New World styles. Another must-try wine in this family is Beaujolais (Gamay).


What are the best mid-weight reds?


The mid-weight (medium weight) red wine category encounters a wide range of delicious wines! Some of our favorites are Grenache, Sangiovese, Barbera, Merlot, Zinfandel, Montepulciano, and Cabernet Franc.


What are the best full-bodied red wines?


Classic varieties of full-bodied red wine include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Malbec, and Pinotage are our top choices.

Information About Red Wine


Red wines are produced all over the world, in a fantastic range of styles and at many price points.


The skin of the grapes is responsible for the distinctive red wine color. During the vinification process, the skins are in contact with the juice of the grapes, allowing the extraction of both color and tannins. Wines with a more young character, are most likely lighter in terms of color, while older wines take on a garnet or ruby hue. Wines that had to spend many years in oak barrels and/or in the bottle—such as Gran Reservas—could evolve in brick hues.


There are thousands of red grape varieties in the world which at first glance sounds astoundingly intimidating. The good news is that there are only around 50 key red wine varietals that are common in today’s global wine market. You most likely are already familiar with most of them!


The Types of Red Wine


As with every single wine, the particular winemaker will have adequate “say” in the style of wine he or she will produce. Red wines can be categorized into 3 groups based on the way it feels inside your mouth.


Light-Bodied Red Wine


Typically, light-bodied red wines have light color intensity (you can see through them in a glass) and have very soft tannins (they don’t dry your mouth). Their alcohol content tends to be on the lower end of the spectrum around 12%, making them quite easy to drink and have excellent food versatility.


Pinot Noir is the king of light red, producing a full range style from Burgundy Classics to New World styles. Another must-try wine in this family is Beaujolais (Gamay).


Medium-Bodied Red Wine


They are often referred to as food-friendly, smooth, elegant, juicy, spicy, fleshy, and mellow. If you are a red mid-week drinker, these are a fantastic choice! Medium-bodied wines sit right in the middle in terms of alcohol content (12.5% and 13.5% ) and tannic structure (round, smooth, velvety, medium intensity)


The mid-weight red wine category encounters a wide range of delicious wines! Some of our favorites are Grenache, Sangiovese, Barbera, Merlot, Zinfandel, Montepulciano, and Cabernet Franc.


Full-Bodied Red Wine


Full-bodied red wines are the darkest, bolder, and most tannic of all the red wine styles.


Full-bodied red wines are complex, deep and tend to have more flavors concentration and long oak aging, making it a great option as a cocktail wine on its own.


Classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Malbec, and Pinotage are our top choices.


Old world vs. New World Red Wines


Sometimes you’ll hear the terms “Old World” and “New World” thrown around. But what do they mean? Well, the “Old World” is simply Europe. “New World” is everywhere else.


A “Bordeaux” is an example of an Old World wine. It’s from France and is made primarily from three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes.


There are plenty of examples of European wine labels when the Region comes before the variety. Talking about wines from Italy, you will often hear of a Chianti - made from the Sangiovese-, or Piedmont’s Barolo or Barbaresco -which are made from Nebbiolo grapes-.


When it comes to the New World, (all of the other producing countries that have adopted the winemaking traditions later on), countries like Australia, USA, South Africa, Chile, and New Zealand are more frequently recognized for their signature varietals. For instance, Malbec is Argentina’s superstar red wine grape, and the varietal is deeply associated with the country.

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